Our mission is to provide the most sustainable and environmentally sound performance sportswear on the market. We continually evaluate the fabrics we use to ensure they meet the demanding requirements of technical sportswear while having the minimum (and where possible positive) impact on the environment.
The majority of the fabrics we use are woven from recycled materials, and at every step of the supply chain we look to make better choices for the planet. Presca customers can also minimise their impact by following our after-care advice.
Right now, all of our technical clothing is made from synthetic textiles. Our partner mills provide care instructions which dictate the maximum temperatures at which the fabric should be washed. The majority of Presca garments share the same recommended washing instructions:
||Wash at 30 degrees|
|Do not bleach|
|Iron on delicates setting|
|Do not tumble try|
|Suitable for Dry Cleaning (the P tells the dry cleaners which chemical to use for their cleaning)|
Washing the "Presca way..."
A small number of our pieces require specific washing treatment. For these garments you will need to follow specific care instructions listed.
We’ve put together a few tips on how you can minimise the environmental impact of your laundry. Reducing energy and water use will save you money, too. Read our EcoWash blog post for lots more info and advice.
Wash your sportswear inside-out to get it cleaner and increase its lifespan. The most sustainable action you can take is to buy less - so wash it well and make it last.Turn down the heat. Washing on a lower setting cuts your energy usage (and costs) dramatically.
Use eco-friendly washing detergents which include fewer harsh chemicals, are plant-based and better for the environment.
Add a bit of baking soda to clean, deodorise your garments and brighten up the colours.
Ditch the fabric conditioner. Many of these are not great for our clothes or the environment and may contain non renewable petroleum-based chemicals, which don’t biodegrade readily.
Wash only full loads. Less energy, less water and less friction means a better result for your clothes and the environment.
Wash at night (if you’re in the UK). CO2 emissions for a unit of electricity can be as much as three times greater during the day in the UK, so it’s worth setting the wash to later. There’s more info here.
Don’t wash swimwear every time. A quick rinse is enough to remove the chlorine and prolong the life of your swimsuit.
Turn off the tumble dryer. Appliances don’t come much more energy-hungry than the dryer. Air drying is much more eco-friendly, but do avoid direct sunlight which can damage elastane.
Wash when the wind blows. If it’s blowing hard there’s a good chance that a lot of your energy will be coming from wind power, and it’s also probably going to be “a good drying day” so you won’t be tempted to use that tumble dryer anyway.
Care for and repair your current washing machine. At end of life, study the specs carefully and invest in an energy- and water-efficient model.
Reduce microfibres. We’re researching this issue right now, but we already know there are ways to reduce microfibre shedding during laundry. Our advice is to:
- Handwash. The abrasive action of clothes on clothes can snap the individual fibres in the yarn, which can be reduced by handwashing.
- Use a front-loading washing machine. Top-loaders have been proven to increase microfibre shedding.
- Don't tumble dry. More physical friction = more fibres shed.
- Wash a full load. This reduces friction in the machine, as well as reducing energy and water per garment washed.
- Use a Guppyfriend washing bag to capture fibres before they enter the water course.
Did you know?
Washing at 20 degrees for 30 minutes halves microfibre release compared to 40 degrees for 85 minutes (research from University of Leeds).
Repair and Reuse.
Darn and donate to prolong the lifespan of an item of clothing. It’s the one thing we can all do to really reduce our impact. Buy well and make it last.