HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR CLOTHES

Taking good care of your clothes is very important to make them last over time. Don’t forget that maintenance accounts for more than half of the environmental impact of a garment. So here are some tips on how to take care for your clothes:

ONLY WASH WHEN NECESSARY

By reducing the number of washes, you will save water, detergent and your clothes will last longer. Put your clothes on a hanger in the open air to remove bad smells (outside for 2-3 hours or inside in a well-ventilated room for a day). This will remove most of the bad scent since natural fabrics have absorbent and antiperspirant properties, unlike synthetic fabrics that retain bad smells.

WASH AT LOW TEMPERATURE

Washing at 30°C is more than enough to clean your clothes. We suggest washing clothes made of natural fibers with a mild detergent, preferably organic. The same applies to fabric softeners.

Wash your clothes at 30°C with a low spin program (drum 400 to 600) and a delicate cycle for better care. Plus, washing at 30°C uses half the energy of washing at 60°C. Apart from saving energy, heat shortens the life of your clothes and can damage the fibers.

USE A LAUNDRY BAG

For our wrap-over tops and dresses, we recommend that you put them in a laundry bag to prevent the ties from stretching when the washing machine drum is spinning with other clothes. Here are some references for eco-friendly laundry bags: Living Crafts laundry bag 100% organic cotton and GOTS certified, PLIM laundry bag 100% organic cotton and made in France. There is also the Guppy Friend laundry bag 100% polyamide, recyclable and certified Oeko-tex 100 but for our part we use organic cotton nets.

AVOID THE DRYER

Dryers are convenient but consume a lot of energy. Dry your clothes in the open air, or indoors in a well-ventilated area. Avoid exposing clothes to direct sunlight to prevent the fabric from fading, as eco-friendly dyes are sometimes more fragile than conventional dyes. To help your clothes dry faster and crease less, put them on hangers (however do not use thin metal hangers as shoulders from knitted clothes could pucker).

REPAIR INSTEAD OF THROWING AWAY

Don’t throw away your garment because of a stain or a tear: always try to recover it or have it repaired. If your garment no longer suits you, give it to a relative or to a charity. If your garment has simply reached the end of its life, take it to a recycling centre.

Our repair service

Maintaining and repairing clothes allows to extend their lifespan but also reduce their environmental impact, that’s why we offer a repair service to our customers (snag, button to be sewn, sewing to be redone…) for their Avani clothes.

To do so, you need to send us an e-mail at info@avani.ch with a photo and a short description of the problem, so that we can assess the required intervention and the potential associated cost.

REPAIR INSTEAD OF THROWING AWAY

Don’t throw away your garment because of a stain or a tear: always try to recover it or have it repaired. If your garment no longer suits you, give it to a relative or to a charity. If your garment has simply reached the end of its life, take it to a recycling centre.

Our repair service

Maintaining and repairing clothes allows to extend their lifespan but also reduce their environmental impact, that’s why we offer a repair service to our customers (snag, button to be sewn, sewing to be redone…) for their Avani clothes.

To do so, you need to send us an e-mail at [info@avani.ch]info@avani.ch with a photo and a short description of the problem, so that we can assess the required intervention and the potential associated cost.

PROPERTIES OF OUR MATERIALS

Our Tencel knitwear may release mini-fibers with rubbing at first, as when the garment is new it has to release excess material used in the production of the fabric. This happens with 100% natural materials but does not affect the quality of the fabric and the excess material disappears with each wash.

OUR MATERIALS ARE ALIVE

Materials that make up our clothes evolve, they are living materials. A living material is a natural material, which moves with time, adapts to your morphology and acquires a unique patina. It is an imperfect material but it is a living material, which is beautiful and genuine, unlike synthetic fabrics that hardly move at all after machine washing and drying. Our clothes crease: indeed, we have to admit that folds on clothes are completely normal. We need to move away from this aseptic vision of fold-free clothing, made of synthetic materials that have undergone chemical treatments to remove any folds.