Washing sustainably – can it be that easy?

Washing sustainably – can it be that easy?

Dear Mamas and Papas of our little Orkas and whoever may find this blog article,




The greatest challenge, that I was confronted with when I first decided that is time to play anactive role in, at least tryingto help the planet,was finding out how to actually help.We at Red Orka believe in the power of small adjustments to everyone’s lives that will have a huge impact onto our world.

After a quick google search, I realized that one of the most environmentally unfriendly habitsI still maintained was my addiction to wash my clothes. Even though I like to put emphasis toonly buy second hand or sustainably sourced clothes, my ecological footprint was negatively affected through my apparently evil washing habits.In this first blog article of our journal, we wanted to dive into what can be done during laundryday to maintain our green heart while washing.

Although I know,that through the adjustments I made, I will not become a climate saint, sinceI value having the feeling of fresh clothes on my skin too much, I do think that it was a step in the right direction and therefore,I invite everyone to have a second thought with me about your washing habits.In order to help our users not to fall in the same pitfalls that I used to (which would have been easily avoidable), I compiled the 11 most useful tips that I learned during my research:

Make more out of your laundry

The biggest impact that you can have on the environment is unsurprisingly simply avoiding washing. We tend to overwash our clothes which can result in the deteriorating them and a waste of energy.

Modernize your equipment

Investing into a more modernized washing machine does not only make sense economically. By saving on electricity and water it is also proven to be financially beneficial. Newer machines tend to have functions that calculate water and energy usage based on the size of the load. Furthermore, the eco settings helps to reduce the total amount of water waste and energy use!

Wash it cold

Washing with warm water is responsible for the biggest amount of energy usage within a washing circle. Through newer machines and better detergents, nowadays it is possible to wash clothes even at 30 degrees and still maintain clean and good smelling apparel and whitest whites. According to google 90% of the energy used by the washing machines tend to be just to heat up our water.

Stay green during shopping

A good way of improving the ecological footprint is by investing into the right washing detergents. Many brands indicate the attributes that come with their products. Things to lookout for are the biodegradability of the detergent, it being phosphate free and how it was sourced. Plant based detergents tend to have the best assets.

Make it yourself

By combining washing soda, borax, castile soap, the essential oils of your choice and water, you can make your own washing detergent! This is an easy way to save cost and avoid the environmentally harming chemicals often found in regular detergents. Additionally, it does give a reassuring feeling to know what exactly went into the production of the detergent.

Using higher concentration

Another way of improving the sustainability of washing clothes is by using highly concentrated detergent. These tend to be a bit more expensive but are worth every additional charge. By using less detergent, you will reduce the amount of chemicals released into the environment. Another plus is the smaller packaging of the detergent, this results in less plastic waste and less resources being wasted in the production of the washing liquid.


More and more companies start to offer refillable detergent cannisters. A good example for such as system is the clothing chain Arket which offers a series of sustainable detergents that are refillable within their stores. Yet there are many more providers with similar systems around the Netherlands, just give it a good old googling.

Rely on mother nature

Instead of using a dryer which could shrink and destroy your clothes do what our ancestor did and hang your clothes up to dry them! You can do this either inside or if possible, outside. This will not only dry them quickly but also make sure your clothes won’t tear or crumble while staying soft after the washing process. Another good tip is also to increase the rotational speed of the washing machine to reduce the amount of water within the clean laundry for quicker drying, and a good shake before hanging them to eliminate any wrinkles.

Use your hands

An alternative, easy and fun way of washing your clothes is doing it by hand. This often gets mistaken for hard and tiring work but washing by hand can also be done simply by using all-purpose soap within the shower!

Be aware of microplastics

Two ways to oppose those evil microplastics that pollute our oceans are by using a washing bag or through the installation of an anti-microplastic filter behind the washing machine. These filters can be installed within minutes and are a reliable way of reducing the overall plasticwaste.

Establish a washing schedule

By using a schedule with dedicated times for laundry, the overall amount of washing cycles can get decreased drastically. Often, we tend to wash as soon as our favorite shirt or pair of pants feels dirty, regardless if it’s actually necessary or not! By having specific times for ourl aundry, we get to wear a wider variety of our clothes, and we can save additional water and energy!

I hope that this gave a small insight in what one can do to help. We at Red Orka are just likeeveryone else still in many ways clueless about how we can tackle our environmental problems the best way. Yet we think,that through our evolving products and our constant ambition to learn, we can together with our customers save the world on toddler step at a time! This was our first blog article on a hopefully long trip that will help us improve consistently.


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