In the battle to save the planet we all want to do our bit. Bringing our own bags to the supermarket, ditching plastic from our homes, cycling to work – but we never thought we might have to stop washing our knickers.
This is exactly what new company Organic Basics are suggesting, with their range of eco-friendly underwear, the SilverTech 2.0 range.
The company say the pieces are self-washing, kill 99.9% of bacteria and can go weeks at a time without needing to be washed. We really dont know how we feel about this.
On the one hand, were definitely up for doing everything we can to live sustainably and prevent the planet dying a slow death, but on the other hand… ew?
Whacking on your favourite granny-pants inside-out when youve forgotten to do a wash is one thing, but are we really going to get on board with wearing the same pair of knickers for days or weeks?
Organic Basics assures customers that hygiene and smell wont be an issue. The products are made from 100% sustainable material and are able to kill bacteria to prevent odour developing.
According to the companys Kickstarter page, the collection is wrinkle resistant, heat regulating and durable – the aim is for the products to last longer so you dont have to buy new pants quite as frequently.
Organic Basics say that reducing washing can make a big difference in terms of environmental sustainability.
So much of the waste and pollution within the fashion industry is in your hands to improve. Being more sustainable is just as simple as turning off the water when you brush your teeth, they explain on their website.
Not only will you save water, electricity and detergent, but your clothes will also last longer, too. For most people, washing is more of a habit than a necessity.
So next time you dont do laundry in a while, youre not being lazy, youre just being a super chill environmentalist.
But the amount of time you can go without washing does depend on the individual.
The effect of silver can vary from person to person, depending on how much and how strong our body odours are. Technically, you can wear our SilverTech 2.0 products for over one week without washing.
However body hygiene is a very personal matter. So where one person can wear SilverTech for a month without having the need to wash, others might feel that need after just a few days. Less washing will save the environment a lot of water and CO2.
So really, it comes down to a bit of a toss-up – personal hygiene vs the environment. And while its not technically that black-and-white, it does suggest that eco-warriors should think more carefully about how often theyre washing their clothes.