I have to admit I’m not much of a fashionista. I don’t quite follow the industry, which is not to say I don’t respect it or admire it. I just don’t necessarily prioritize my time or my budget as much as my friends do. When I do buy new things, I like classics and basics. And for convenience sake, I like washables. I just don’t have the time or patience for dry clean only.
Aside from the time and cost to take my “special” clothing to some other building and drop it off and pick it up, dry cleaning isn’t something that’s great for the environment. Why? Chemicals. Are they really necessary? I have countless items of clothes that suggest dry cleaning that went on the delicate cycle and once hung turned out fine. (Instinct and experience with a variety of laundered items prevails, please don’t send me your clothing bills if you test and ruin an item!)
So what are we to do when we need a red carpet worthy outfit that worn once requires a wash? Purchase the right fabrics – and even entire lines of clothing – in the first place! Don’t just read the tags to see if it’s your size, flip it over, see what it’s made with and manufacturers’ suggested laundering tips. Avoid buying those which are truly dry clean only. If you pay a little more for those items, count up your time, your transportation costs and that dry cleaning receipt you saved.
Is it possible? Of course. Where do you buy it? Well it’s as close as your local favorite department store. I just recently discovered Eileen Fisher clothing line. (If you’re thinking “Did you live in a hole?” refer the beginning of this blog post.) If you’re like me and haven’t heard of her, you’re welcome. A co-member of the Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition, Eileen Fisher offers eco-friendly lines of clothes made with organic, sustainable and no-dry-cleaning-necessary textiles.
And I’m sure you know how I feel about organic… Saving myself time on the laundry and saving the planet from pounds of insecticides to grow cotton? Two-for on this “Making Better Decisions” Monday.