Clothes. They’re among the most personal items we own. But our wardrobes are contributing to global climate change. Over the past 20 years, we have quadrupled the number of garments we go through.* We also discovered that compounding the issue is the fact that 90% of our clothes are thrown away before they need to be.** Part of the problem is fast fashion—another is aftercare. Due to poor, outdated laundry habits, the lifespan of garments is diminishing. It’s time we changed the way we consume and care for our clothes. As experts in clothing care, we want to do all we can to help drive this change.
Source: * Fashion Revolution ** AEG Care Label Project
The Truth About Laundry
The Truth About Laundry
The Truth About Laundry
The Truth About Laundry report
To help people create more sustainable habits in laundry care, we need to understand current attitudes and behaviors when it comes to how people care for their clothes, and to what extent people consider the environment. We commissioned The Truth About Laundry report to give us powerful insights to drive change.
To guide us towards our target of making clothes last twice as long with half the environmental impact, we’ll work to raise awareness amongst consumers about better clothing care, while developing new innovative care technologies and exploring meaningful collaborations to help get us there.
Our focus areas for Better Clothing Care are:
Make clothes last longer by inspiring people on the optimal way of caring for their clothes.
Today, most people have inherited their laundry habits from their parents.* Or they are following outdated care labels that recommend the harshest treatment a garment can handle. *
But times have changed and we want to raise awareness of modern ways to care for clothes – such as using lower temperature cycles – that are gentler on fibers in the garments and help them last for longer.
This helps prevent the huge environmental impact of throwing away clothes before they need to be. By inspiring consumers to choose the most optimal way of caring for their garments, their lifetime is prolonged – cutting the environmental impact of aftercare in half.
As well as educating consumers in modern care habits, we will continue to innovate and develop care technologies that put minimal strain on garments to keep them as good as new.
We won’t stop there. We’re also on a mission to educate people on the consequences of fast fashion to inspire them to practice better fashion consumption. We believe everyone can improve the relationship with their wardrobes and learn to love their clothes for longer.
Prolong the lifetime of garments by modernizing care technology and care habits.
We’ve long been on a journey to reduce the environmental impact of garment care by making our washers and dryers more energy and water efficient. In late 2020, we were recognized as sustainability leaders by the global non-profit CDP for our efforts to tackle climate change and for the first time for protecting water security.
Going forward, we will continue to innovate to make our products even more environmentally friendly.
To help minimize damage done to the planet, we will also help inspire consumers to make more sustainable choices when it comes to the products and cycles they choose to wash and dry their clothes.
These choices can include the Auto Dose function in Electrolux washing machines which allows precise and optimized use of detergent and softener in an automatic process, or the Steam function which relaxes fabrics, reduces wrinkles and makes clothes smoother.
Recently we’ve also launched a program that cleans clothes efficiently at 30 degrees in under one hour to help busy consumers care for their clothes in a way that is kinder to the planet.
By creating awareness around the environmental impact of caring for clothes, we hope to ignite change on a global level.
Develop technology to ensure any fabric can be cared for at home.
We know that many people are unsure of how to care for fabrics such as silk, wool, cashmere, sequins and outdoor wear. Our mission is to discover new care methods that make it possible for consumers to care for all delicate fabrics without a trip to the dry cleaners.
As well as being gentle on both garment and planet, our priority is for these new methods to be easy and intuitive for the consumer to encourage them to adopt new behaviors.
To achieve this, we will explore new solutions, technical innovations and fashion industry collaborations so that all fabrics – the ones we have today and those that will come in the future – can be efficiently yet gently cleaned at home.
We will shine the spotlight on these new methods so consumers know there is no such thing as a garment that can’t be cared for at home.
The Better Living Program. Our action plan for better and more sustainable living around the world. The focus is an evolving list of 100 bold actions that we are working on towards 2030 to steer us towards our Care target: Make clothes last twice as long with half the environmental impact. The 100 actions will include new products, services and global initiatives for better and more sustainable living as well as collaborations with other parties. Because to spark sweeping change requires looking beyond ourselves.