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Environmental Resources

Slight adjustments to garment care can extend wear and help us all have a positive environmental impact.

The resources below are designed to help you make those changes effectively, and provide specific details about our materials.

Garment Care Instructions

GSTQ garments are designed to stand the test of time. Caring for your garments properly helps to extend their life, conserve valuable natural resources, and keep textile waste out of our landfills.Learn how below.

Use cold water:

Using cold water to wash your garments is better for the environment and the garments. Cold water washing helps to reduce color-fading while also using less energy.

Hang dry:

Try to hang dry when possible. Avoiding the dryer saves electricity and prevents fiber degradation, maintaining the integrity of your garments.

Dry clean selectively:

If you choose to dry clean, select an eco-friendly dry cleaner that avoids harmful chemicals and reduces packaging waste, such as plastic covers.

Try natural steam:

To get out minor wrinkles, hang your garment in the bathroom while you shower. The steam created is usually enough to smooth out most fabrics.

Use a microplastic filtering bag or dryer attachment:

An overarching challenge when washing performance fabrics is microplastic fiber shedding, which then releases into the environment. Microplastic filter bags and dryer attachment filters help prevent microplastics from ending up in the ocean. We recommend Guppyfriend, Cora Ball, Lint Luv-r, and Filtrol.

Use a tailor:

A skilled local tailor can helpextend the life of your garments by making small design updates and/or sizing tweaks if needed.

Repurpose:

You can always refresh an older piece with minor updates to make it look new. Try altering a hem, changing out the buttons, or dyeing to achieve a new color.

Repair:

Minor damages are easily repaired at home—whether you need to fix a broken strap or replace a lost button. Yarn pulls can be repaired by carefully pulling the loose thread to the next stitch with a dull needle and a gentle fabric stretch. More complex repairs should be taken to tailor. Send a photo toinfo@gstq.com, and our team will be happy to provide suggestions.

Resell:

GSTQ clothing is designed with longevity in mind. To help increase it even further, use a site like Poshmark or ThredUp to resell your clothes online.

Swap:

Organize a clothing swap with your community to trade clothing and help keep garments out of the landfill.

Donate or recycle:

Garment donations and recycling are a big challenge for the apparel industry. Donation centers are inundated with used garments—so much so that only about 10-20% of the items make it into the hands of a new owner (Council for Textile Recycling, 2018). Donation centers typically hand off 80-90% of donated items to textile recyclers that down-cycle them by turning them into insulation or rags. Alternatively, the donated items are diverted from the recycler to other countries that often don’t need them, so the items are sent directly to landfills overseas.

Materials Glossary
Deadstock

Deadstock is leftover fabric that results from mills and brands ordering more material than they ultimately need. We use some deadstock in our collections in order to help repurpose excess fabric and divert it from landfill. However, we recognize its potential challenges, including limited supply chain traceability.

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Elastane

Elastane is a widely used synthetic material that lends stretch and provides comfort to a fabric while retaining its structure. Alternate solutions have been rolling out over the past few years, and we are exploring commercially available solutions.

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LENZING™ ECOVERO™

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ is an airy, lightweight, and breathable material derived from responsibly forested trees. Soft and luxurious, we love LENZING™ ECOVERO™ for its anti-wrinkle properties—ensuring you and your GSTQ garments are polished to perform.

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Lyocell

Lyocell is a wrinkle-resistant and moisture-wicking fabric made from renewable cellulose fibers derived from wood or bamboo. Super soft and silky, lyocell also retains its strength and elasticity—resulting in a durable, breathable, and feel-good fiber.

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Organic Cotton

Natural and renewable, organic cotton certification prohibits the use of toxic chemicals or genetically modified seeds. Organic cotton’s cultivation has a lower impact on the environment compared to conventional cotton, which is grown with chemicals that are classified as highly toxic by the EPA. We love the combination of organic cotton’s soft touch and lower impact.

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Polyamide

Polyamide is a durable, elastic, and lightweight synthetic fabric derived from petroleum. You likely know it as nylon. Virgin polyamide is an increasingly diminishing piece of our fabric library, and we are working hard to phase it out. Our goal is to achieve 100% recycled fabric content for all synthetic textiles that remain part of our collections.

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