Is there actually a sustainable bathrobe? And how can you recognize it? When buying robes and bathrobes, we usually look at the design, quality and feel. They should be pretty, durable and cozy. Whether they have been produced in an environmentally friendly or fair way is often of secondary importance when making a decision.
There are some really simple tips for recognizing sensible alternatives and making a real difference for our planet and other people.
In this article, I would therefore like to show you what makes a bathrobe as sustainable as possible and how you can ensure that you can enjoy it for as long as possible. Let's go!
Advantages: Why should you prefer sustainable bathrobes and where can you find them?
Each person has his own ecological footprint. It provides information on how much of our planet's natural resources are used for our personal lifestyle. Our consumer behavior and not least our clothing purchases also play a major role in this sustainability indicator.
It is our duty to live as sustainably as possible - for Respect opposite the earth, from Solidarity towards other people and from Empathy towards all sentient beings who share the planet with us. And our Of course, responsibility does not end with the purchase of a bathrobe.
But what exactly is a sustainable or environmentally friendly bathrobe? In the trade there are actually more and more alternatives to conventional offers. Whether in specialist stores or online stores - whether light robes and kimonos or the classic Bathrobe for women, men and children.
I would now like to show you exactly how you can recognize the appropriate coats. You'll also get some tips on how to use them as sustainably as possible.
10 tips: What distinguishes a sustainable bathrobe?
With every purchase you should consider the Always question the product of desire. Do you really need it? What is it made of? Where does it come from?
As with other items of clothing, the sustainability of bathrobes depends primarily on the materials used. Materials off. Also the Manufacturing conditions, the Packing, the right Care and many other aspects play an important role.
Below I have compiled my best tips for you. Use them to learn, What makes a bathrobe sustainable and environmentally friendly - and to always know what you should look out for when buying.
1. seal OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Eco-friendly bathrobes have the Standard 100 OEKO-TEX® seal of approval. The world famous label checks textiles for hazardous substances such as heavy metals, harmful dyes or Pesticidesthat are bad for nature and our health. The tests are subject to strict criteria and are carried out regularly by independent inspectors.
It is also worth keeping an eye out for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) label when buying a bathrobe or robe. This is the world's leading textile processing standard for organic fibers. GOTS includes social and ecological criteria in the production of textiles.
2. natural materials
The production of truly sustainable bathrobes involves organically produced and natural, durable materials without animal components for use. For example, cotton, linen or hemp. Fortunately, this does not make the coat any less cuddly soft, colorfast, absorbent and high-quality.
You should rather avoid synthetic fibersbecause the extraction and production of the plastic is harmful to the climate and because the subsequent washing cycle in the washing machine Microplastics which is released into the oceans via the sewage system and ultimately even into our food chain arrived.
3. resource-saving production
The waste of valuable raw materials contributes massively to the biggest environmental problems of our time with. It starts with the production of textiles such as bathrobes. To make them as environmentally friendly as possible, they should be produced in the most resource-efficient way possible.
Thereby especially the following aspects important:
- the use of rapidly renewable raw materials,
- low water and energy consumption, and
- short transport and delivery routes
Some companies have already taken appropriate measures and use energy from their own photovoltaic solar system or exclusively recycled materials to manufacture their products, for example.
Tip: How you generally conserve resources in everyday life in the separate, linked blog article.
4. regional manufacturing
If you attach great importance to sustainability, you should opt for a locally made bathrobe in which the entire Supply chain as short as possible is. This applies both to the production of the basic materials and to the manufacture of the bathrobe.
At the same time you support the local economy. In addition, long transport routes are eliminated, which means that climate-damaging Carbon dioxide emissions can be saved.
Tip: Trials Avoid returns in a targeted mannerby reading the information on the size of the bathrobe, for example, so that it fits you perfectly. Because if you have to send the package back, the CO2 emissions for shipping were absolutely for nothing.
5. environmentally friendly packaging
Everything we order online is delivered to us well packaged. Fortunately, many manufacturers and stores are now doing away with plastic packaging and instead using plastic packaging. FSC certified paperwhich comes from forests that are managed according to ecological and social criteria.
After you have received your bathrobe, you can use the paper, for example use as wrapping paper and the box for your own shipping. And how you reuse old packaging in general super I will be happy to explain how you can do this in the linked blog article.
Tip: Many online stores now also send their parcels in a climate-neutral way and of course state this information on their website. You can also generally recognize more environmentally friendly products by this.
6. good working conditions and fair wages
Bathrobes can not only be environmentally friendly, but also fair - namely Fairly produced! Many environmentally conscious fashion houses or even sustainable online stores work exclusively with companies that offer their employees good working conditions and fair wages.
They also commit themselves to special agreements on Respect for human rights and the promotion of social justice. You can recognize fair bathrobes by the fair trade seal - and the respective suppliers by the statements on their website.
Tip: What you can do personally against child labor I'll be happy to show you in a separate article on the blog.
7. recycling and upcycling
In fact, a new trend has established itself with recycled bathrobes. The robes are made from made from recycled polyesterfor which, for example, the material of old packaging, bottles or fishing nets was recycled.
Conversely, more and more creative minds are turning old, unusable bathrobes into new ones. Bath mats, wipes or practical armchair bags make
8. second-hand bathrobes
Lower resource consumption, lower costs, more appreciation, more individuality, more statement - the Second hand purchase has many advantages! It doesn't always have to be something new. Many items of clothing, including bathrobes, that have already been worn once are still in excellent condition and deserve a second chance.
There's no more sustainable or cheaper way to get a bathrobe. Just take a look at Clothes swaps, in Second-hand stores or on the Flea market um.
9. fewer washes and good care
Even a sustainable robe or bathrobe needs to be washed from time to time to ensure it lasts as long as possible. But beware: washing too often is not good for the environment, uses a lot of water and electricity - and not least harms the tissue of the bathrobe. Reduce the number of washes to the bare minimum.
It is also best to use organic detergents that do not contain dyes, enzymes, surfactants, optical brighteners or artificial fragrances. The ideal detergents for your bathrobe have natural ingredients and are available in powder form or as a liquid detergent in recycled packaging.
10. all-in-one bathrobe
There is now a large selection of bathrobes in various designs - from robes and sauna bathrobes to kimonos. But do you really need several models at home? No way!
Better get some space in your sustainable closetby looking at ONE versatile bathrobe that is suitable for all purposes. This is a minimalist approach that not only saves you space, but also money - and is usually completely sufficient.
Buying sustainable bathrobes? No problem!
You want your Making life more sustainable? Then you should start already with the purchase of your bathrobe and follow the tips and tricks mentioned. Above all, make sure it is durable, made from natural materials and manufactured under fair conditions. Don't wash it too often, but always handle it with care.
And don't be afraid to ask the manufacturer or salesperson in question - because that's how positive change happens.
"Be the change you wish to see in this world."Mahatma Gandhi (more at Environmental protection quotes)
I very much hope that I have been able to help you with this article. Do you have any questions, suggestions or further tips for the most environmentally friendly bathrobes? Then I look forward to your comment!
PS: I also talked about animal-free, vegan bathrobes in this article. I will explain why this product feature is so important in the next article about the Animal suffering in the textile industry.