Did you know that 75% of people surveyed can sew on a button, but only 17% can replace a zip?
New research into consumer attitudes and behaviours when caring for garments has been released recently – the figures in the image below make an interesting read:
If you are one of the 77% of people who want to learn a new repairing skill and are looking for some help – have a quick look at our simple guides on:
If you already know how to repair clothing, it would be great if you could help others who don’t. If enough of you share your knowledge, a much higher percentage of people will have these skills next time the survey is done, and the people you help will be really grateful!
Are you one of the 37% of UK households that most frequently wash garments at 30°C?
If not, what’s stopping you?!
Garment care labels indicate the highest temperature that a garment can be washed at without causing damage, but it is fine to wash at a lower temperature and it saves energy too! Switching from 40°C to 30°C is a really easy thing to do, it reduces electricity usage per load and helps to make your garments last longer too. Most washing machines and detergents (please check your detergent pack for more information) are designed to clean just as efficiently at lower temperatures as they would at higher temperatures. See more laundering tips in our laundering guide.
You can also test your knowledge with our Care Label Quiz. Share your results using #CareLabelQuizLYC on our social media channels tagging @LoveYourClothesUK on Facebook, @loveyourclothes on Twitter and @loveyourclothes_uk on Instagram
Your preloved could be someone else’s new love!
Currently 59% of clothes that get disposed of are given to charity and get a second chance at life.
Thank you to all of you who have given your unwanted clothes to charity. 59% is a good result – but with your help it can be much better! Spread the word to your friends and family to help achieve a higher percentage going to charity next year – we’re aiming for 75%!