Crisp, pressed, and wrinkle-free ironed clothes undeniably look neat and classy; the downside is they pretty much do more harm than good to the environment.
Zero Waste Pilipinas 2030 brought this to light, reposting a climate change advocate Mark Gersava's now-viral Facebook post on how ironing clothes contribute to one's carbon footprint. Mark wrote: "Starting today I commit not to 'IRON' (PLANTSA) my clothes anymore to reduce my carbon emission."
He continued, "Every person emit 190 [kilograms] of CO2 equivalent in greenhouse gases each year by ironing clothes. If the seven billion people will stop ironing clothes, we can decrease the CO2 by 13 Million Metric Tons annually that has a big contribution to [reducing] the effect of climate change." Think about it: How many hours per month do you spend ironing your clothes?
In case you didn't know, irons—despite not using them every day—consume a significant amount of electricity, along with air-conditioning units and fridges, as reported by iMoney Philippines. In fact, you can even decrease your monthly bill by ironing your laundry all in one day every week. This is primarily because "iron consumes more energy when you are starting it," explained the financial comparison website.
The concept of limiting, or fully giving up ironing to lessen electricity use and reduce carbon footprint seems unattainable for most people, especially for those whose jobs require them to look presentable in uniforms. However, a few netizens who commented on the post shared some doable tips. "When there's a need for us to buy clothes, my top [choice is] a wash-and-wear type [of material]. Less hassle and now I know it's environmentally-friendly pa," shared one Pinay.
In the same post, Mark himself also suggested a simple solution: Embrace naturally wrinkled-clothing (or more locally known as gusot mayaman.)
Linen is a perfect example. Breathable and lightweight, linen is "a natural material woven from the fibers of the flax plant," as explained by Forbes; it has lesser thread count compared to cotton. This makes them prone to creasing. But don't worry about the wrinkles—they're part of the whole charm of wearing linen.
When washed, this airy, sustainable fabric requires less water compared to cotton, which makes it all the more environment-friendly. Here are a few places where you can start shopping for chic linen pieces:
Araw is a go-to store for clean and uncomplicated linen tops, pants, and shorts. You'll be happy to score some sleek button-downs, LBDs, and jumpsuits here for work!
2. Undo Clothing
This local brand offers linen in various silhouettes, necklines, and colors, making it possible for you to build a wardrobe full of this sustainable fabric. P.S. They even have blazers crafted from linen!
3. Studio Seventeen
Prepare to hoard from this local label's assortment of linen tops that you can easily pair with your existing clothes.