Sustainable Sundays with Oramai
Welcome back to Sustainable Sundays with Oramai! We're passionate about creating a more sustainable world and sharing that passion is at the heart of our company mission. Our weekly newsletters round up our favourite sustainable news, our handy guides, and of course, our love for all things linen.
AN ORAMAI GUIDE TO...
Taking care of your clothes has a huge impact on their carbon footprint, so simply washing smarter is an easy way to make a positive change. All our products carry full washing instructions, but we’ve created a guide to answer all your linen care questions.
Unfold your linens before washing; avoid overloading your machine, and, most importantly for both the environment and the well-being of your clothes, wash with cooler water. Switching from hot to cold water can save 864 pounds of CO2 per year, the equivalent to driving 1,000 miles.
SKIP THE DRYER:
Tumble dryers emit huge amounts of C02, so we always recommend line drying.
Not all detergents are created equal: many brands use harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin, damage clothing over time, and pollute the environment. Keep an eye out for green detergents - they're not difficult to get your hands on! When washing colours, check that your washing agent doesn’t contain whitening agents to avoid any discolouring.
Ink: Soak in milk, or in a soap-and-ammonia mixture, and rub the spot.
Blood: Rinse immediately in cold water.
Fruit, coffee, tea and chocolate: Rub with alcohol, white vinegar and ammonia.
Candle wax: Scratch off dried wax, absorb residue with blotting paper and warm iron.
Greasy Stains: Rub with ammonia.
Red Wine: Rub immediately with sparkling water or white wine.
Try your home remedies, but please don't use chlorine bleach - it kills clothes.
If it’s only dirty in one small place, save the full cleaning process and spot clean as needed!
OUR TOP TIP:
Only wash as needed. Not only will you save water and detergent, but your clothes will last way longer. So next time you skip laundry day, you’re not being lazy, you’re just doing your bit for the planet.
5 SUSTAINABLE NEWS WE LOVED THIS WEEK
01/ VOGUE SCANDINAVIA
The 28th global edition of Vogue, launching in August, is placing sustainability at its core by making it available to buy exclusively via its digital flagship store, avoiding the waste that comes from deadstock magazines and packaging (the print edition will use fully recyclable and plastic-free packaging), and focusing its content on the environment. Scandinavia has long been championing sustainable fashion, and Vogue's newest platform will fully support their values.
02/ MILLI PROUST FLOWERS: SCENTED, SEASONAL, AND SUSTAINABLE
Four years ago, Milli Proust began growing chemical-free crops in her West Sussex garden. Now, her micro farm produces varieties that you can’t buy from commercial growers. Proust creates extraordinary floral designs that reflect the seasons, for weddings, events, brands, customers, and personal clients. In a passionate effort to protect and regenerate the surrounding wildlife, she only uses organic and sustainable practices.
03/ THE RISE OF "BLEISURE"
Millenial workers are becoming increasingly untethered, with remote working on the rise. Thus, the world of "blesiure" is born, the new trend of working from everywhere and anywhere, with work trips becoming synonymous with private holidays. Companies like Outsite, a series of work-focused, co-living spaces, are booming in the current working climate, hosting an increasing number of "digital nomads" - perhaps business and pleasure really do go hand in hand.
04/ CIRC: THE FUTURE OF CIRCULAR FASHION
Swedish company Circ have created a technology system that returns clothes to their original raw material, discovering the path to erasing our global footprint of the fashion industry. A pioneer in chemical recycling, Circ’s science could change the world of fashion by saving millions of items, primarily made from cotton and polyester, from landfill and finally putting an end to the fashion waste that plagues the planet.
Find out more.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED certification is a globally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership, making spotting eco-friendly hospitality easier than ever. LEED ratings go from Certified, to Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
REASONS TO LOVE LINEN
CENTURIES OF CHIC...
Linen is one of the oldest natural textile fibres, with linen fabrics being found in ancient Egyptian tombs as well as in prehistoric Switzerland and Southeastern Europe, dating all the way back to 8000B.C. Linen has been persistently favoured throughout the hotter climates of the Mediterranean thanks to its lightweight and breathable qualities. This immortal fabric has stood the test of time, and for good reason too.