Care Label Project

 

WE WANT TO BREAK TODAY’S CARE HABITS

Why? Because 90% of the clothes we own are thrown away long before they should be, and we still insist on using outdated care instructions from the 50's. A change is needed.

THE CARE LABEL PROJECT

The Care Label Project is our way as appliance makers, designers and manufacturers to inspire, educate and update the way we all care for our clothes. We must stop labelling our delicate fabrics with “Dry Clean Only”. Stop washing in high temperatures and stop being afraid of putting wool in our machines. In fact, the very care labels that are supposed to guide us often make us more confused.

DON’T OVERWASH

With The Care Label Project, we’re turning this around. To start, we’re launching a completely new care label - “Don’t Overwash” - alongside an exclusive collection of designer garments with lab-tested care advice and a modern fabric care guide. Join us in changing the future of fashion, one care label at a time.


CHALLENGING CARE LABELS

We have partnered with a wide range of emerging designers and clothing manufacturers who share our passion for innovation in the fashion industry. Together we have challenged a number of care labels by testing the designer’s garments using modern laundry equipment in our R&D lab.

30 DEGREES

What most of us don’t know is that the temperature labels represent the maximum washing temperature, not the recommended one. Washing at lower temperatures will extend the life of your garments, making them feel new and fresh longer. A lower temperature is also better for your electricity bill - going from 40 to 30 degrees for example can save up to 60% of the energy consumption.

Why it is better to wash in lower temperatures and more tips

Did you know?

The average laundry washing temperature across Europe is 41°C

Washing your garments and jeans less, in lower temperatures, will prolong their lifespan.

Han Ates

London, UK

DRY CLEAN ONLY

Dry Clean Only is put on our most delicate fabrics and garments. While it might get your clothes clean, it’s a chemical-heavy process that’s both hard on the garment and the environment. Today, one in three avoid purchasing garments labelled dry clean only because of the hassle. But thanks to recent advancements in washing technology and laundry detergents, it’s now possible to use gentler washing cycles, lower temperatures and drying settings to wash some of your Dry Clean Only garments directly in the machine.

Some garments, however, are Dry Clean Only for a reason. They contain details or materials that could change colour or become misshapen if washed at home. Luckily, the chemicals are not your only option; many dry cleaners have started using greener methods such as wet cleaning and carbon dioxide solvents. So, if you have to visit the dry cleaner, make sure to pick one that is environmentally friendly.

How to know which Dry Clean Only clothes you can wash at home and more tips

Did you know?

55% use dry clean services from time to time, but only half of them are satisfied

Many dry-clean-only garments can be washed at lower temperatures in a machine.

Doriane van Overeem

Brussels, Belgium

DO NOT TUMBLE DRY

This care label is often seen as an enforcing instruction leading people to air drying instead. While it’s correct for some garments, a lot of sensitive materials such as outdoor and water repellent materials will last longer if they are tumble dried in the right cycle. With most modern technology you can even dry delicate fabrics like silk and wool. Look for tumble dryers marked with the Woolmark certification which let you dry even your finest wool with confidence.  

What to consider when tumble drying and more tips

Did you know?

70% inherit their care habits from their parents

I think you can tumble dry everything, if it’s just the right program.

Tim Labenda

Berlin, Germany

HAND WASH ONLY

Many people think that hand washing is the gentlest way to clean a delicate garment. This is what we have been taught by our parents and what the care label indicate. But today, with modern machines, that’s not the case anymore.

Hand washing consumes both time and water, and tends to stress the fibres. When you’re washing by hand and rub the garment against itself, you are usually rougher than you think. Instead, choose a gentle cycle with lower washing temperatures on your washer and you’ll get the job done without mistreating your garment. In fact, as many as 75% of us hand wash, but only one quarter are satisfied with the result.

How a machine wash can be gentler than your hands and more tips

Did you know?

Extending the life of clothing by an extra nine months would reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20-30% each

Instead of hand-washing, you can wash a piece of knitwear on a gentle cycle.

Clara Martin

London, UK


THE CARE LABEL COLLECTION

Browse the collection of stunning garments from the 16 designers, all washed using AEG’s modern care advice, developed from tests in our R&D lab. These beautiful garments deserve to be treated right.

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Download the lookbook

Download our Care Label Project lookbook for even more information and inspiration from all of the participating designers.
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THE MODERN CARE GUIDE

Many still insist on using outdated care instructions from the 50’s. We has developed a modern care guide in the AEG R&D lab.

Hand wash only

When you’re washing by hand and rub the garment against itself, you are usually rougher than you think. Most garments marked hand wash only will benefit from being washed on a gentle cycle in a modern machine, instead of being exposed to old school hand washing that stresses the fibres.

30 Degrees

Higher temperatures used to mean cleaner clothes, but it’s not entirely true anymore. Washing in lower temperatures saves a lot of energy and causes less strain on clothes, making them last longer.

Ironing

For sensitive fabrics like silk, or for garments with details like buttons, zippers, etc it is often easier and gentler to use the steam program instead of an iron. If you are using an iron on these type of garments, make sure not to press too hard on the details and use the setting recommended in the care label. 

No tumble dry

When overfilling the machine, your clothes could easily become tangled, while underfilling is wasting energy, and therefore money. It’s also better to use automatic programs rather than timed cycles since the machine can avoid shrinkage by sensing the perfect moisture level in your fabrics.

Dry clean only

Thanks to recent advancements in washing technology and laundry detergents, it’s now possible to use gentler washing cycles, lower temperatures and drying settings to wash even some Dry Clean Only garments directly in the machine without ruining them.

Don't overwash

To emphasise the importance of thinking twice before you put your clothes in the washing machine, we’re launching a completely new care label - Don’t overwash. Together with this, AEG have developed solutions to reduce the need to wash so frequently. 

 

Explore the care labels - FAQ and tips


CARE LABEL PROJECT PARTNERS

We can’t do this alone. Our partners are a big part in the Care Label Project. Are you a fashion brand that wants to join the Care Label Project?  We are giving away 20 000 “Don’t overwash”- care labels for free - together we can make real change happen. Click here!

The Woolmark Company

The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product. The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 55,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.

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Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution is a non-profit global organisation that unites around an annual campaign, raising awareness on “the true cost of fashion”, showing the world that change is possible, and celebrating all those involved in creating a more sustainable future. Fashion Revolution started out their work focusing mostly on the production phase, but have now also started to look at after-care, and the possibilities of a more sustainable mind-set.

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Not just a label

NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) is the world’s leading designer platform for showcasing and nurturing today’s pioneers in contemporary fashion. NJAL encourages designers to produce fashion that is sustainable and supports local communities and artisanal craftsmanship. NJAL has pioneered a revolutionary approach to the fashion industry, outside of politics and the existing systems that are detrimental to the growth and integrity of its designers.

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ELECTROLUX

Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances, based on deep consumer insight and developed in close collaboration with professional users. Electrolux offer thoughtfully designed, innovative solutions for households and businesses, with products such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, small domestic appliances and more. Electrolux has received the 2017 Gold Class Award in RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook, an annual rating of the sustainability performance among the world’s largest companies. 

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