We've done our homework so you don't have to

Did you know that 2/3 of your clothes' carbon footprint occurs in the use phase? That is actually great news: you have the power to make a difference and we are here to give you the tools to do so.  

It's simple: We create products that you can wear more, wash less and keep longer. You spend less, create less waste, save water and electricity. But how much can you actually save?

STAIN REPELLENT, ANTIBACTERIAL CLOTHES

WEAR MORE INBETWEEN WASHES

WASH AND IRON LESS

EXTEND LIFESPAN, REDUCE WASTE

SAVE WATER, ELECTRICITY

WEAR MORE INBETWEEN WASHES

Average number of times a garment is worn before washed

 

T-shirt

Shirt

Regular

1,5

2

LABFRESH

3,5

3,5

WASH AND IRON LESS

Number of washes per year

 

T-shirt

Shirt

Regular

243,33

182,5

LABFRESH

104,29

104,29

The 3 key contributors to your clothes' carbon footprint during the use phase are washing, drying and ironing, according to the European Commission (Source 4).

Innovative textiles allow you to wear your clothes longer between washes, therefore wash and iron less, save water and electricity.

Frequent washing is also the main reason your clothes wear out. Keep your favourites in top shape for longer by washing less and reduce waste in the process.

Choosing natural fibers is also key, since man made fabrics such as Polyester are known to release microplastic fibers during washing, which account for the majority of plastic in the oceans.

EXTENDED LIFESPAN

Number of wears during its entire lifecycle

 

T-shirt

Shirt

Regular

53-75

70-100

LABFRESH

122-175

122-175

SAVE ENERGY

Amount of energy saved per year in kWh

T-shirt

Regular

13,63 kWh

LABFRESH

5,84 kWh

7,8 kWh energy saved / year / t-shirt

Shirt

Regular

11,68 kWh

LABFRESH

6,67 kWh

5,01 kWh energy saved / year / shirt

Always go for the lowest possible temperature setting. 90% of the energy used by washing machines go to heating the water.

Skip the dryer! Preserve the quality of your clothes longer and save up to 315kg CO2 emission per year. (Source 5)

What can you do with 1 kWh?

  • Charge your phone 2 hours/day for a month
  • Blend 200 smoothies
  • Toast 160 slices of bread

SAVE WATER

Amount of water saved per year in litres

T-shirt

Regular

583,99 L

LABFRESH

250,29 L

333,7 L water saved / year / t-shirt

Shirt

Regular

503,7 L

LABFRESH

287,84 L

215,9 L water saved / year / shirt

You can save up to 540 L water during the lifespan of a LABFRESH t-shirt vs a regular one. That's 9 months of drinking water for an adult.

Put it in perspective

  • A bath: 150-300 litres
  • Shower: 50-100 litres
  • Flushing a toilet: 10 litres
  • Washing dishes by hand: 23 litres
  • Dishwasher: 20-40 litres.
  • Washing machine: 40-80 litres

Methodology

Number of wears before having to wash for regular t-shirts and regular shirts (Table 1 from Source 1)

Number of wears before having to wash for LABFRESH shirts and t-shirts is from our Customer Satisfaction survey with 1500+ respondents (Source 3)

 

Life span
Average life span of a shirt is 35-50 washes (Source 6)

Regular t-shirt
No. of wears before washing x lifespan of a shirt in washes = 53-75 wears

LABFRESH t-shirt
No. of wears before washing x lifespan of a shirt in washes = 122-175 wears

Regular shirt
No. of wears before washing x lifespan of a shirt in washes = 70-100 wears

LABFRESH shirt
No. of wears before washing x lifespan of a shirt in washes = 122-175 wears

 

Water usage

Water use per kg of laundry is 13,8L/kg (Table 4 from Source 1)

One t-shirt is 175g so; (13,8 x 175)/1000 = 2,40 L water used / t-shirt / wash

One shirt is 200g so; (13,8 x 200)/1000 = 2,76 L water used / shirt / wash

Number of wears before having to wash it / 365 = Number of washes / year

Number of washes / year x Water used / wash = Water used / year

 

Energy usage

Energy use is 0.32 kWh per kg (Table 4 from Source 1)

One t-shirt is 175g so; (0.32 kWhx x 175)/1000 = 0,056 kwh energy used / t-shirt / wash

One shirt is 200g so; (0.32 kWhx x 200)/1000 = 0,064 kwh energy used / shirt / wash

Number of washes / year x Energy used / wash = Energy used / year

kWh usage examples from Source 2

Sources