Properly caring for your swimwear helps them to last a long time, conserve natural resources and keep textile waste out of landfills. There are some easy steps you can take to extend the life of your pieces. To ensure correct treatment please refer to individual care labels on each product.
How should I care for my VOKE Swimwear?
Wear more, wash less.
– Washing in cold water is better for the environment and better for your garments. This is particularly true for swimwear, which should be rinsed in cold water after each use. Using cold water helps reduce color fading while using less energy.
– High amounts of chlorine will damage your swimwear. Neutralise any residual evidence of chlorine by rinsing in VOKE Poolwash.
– Use mild detergent.
– Do not wring, soak or bleach.
– Do not tumble dry.
– Drip dry in shade.
– Do not leave rolled up wet.
– Rinse immediately after use.
– Do not iron.
– Do not dry clean.
– Avoid contact with rough surfaces as this may cause pulling to swimwear.
– We use the best dyes available, however we cannot guarantee complete colour fastness on some fashion colours.
– Be careful not to wear light coloured clothing over wet swimwear. Some shades may bleed or transfer when wet.
– We recommend that you do not wear your swimsuit in spa baths, as it could cause damage to your swimsuit.
– Fake tanning products will mark and damage swimwear. VOKE recommends taking extra care when using these products and always ensure they are completely dry before they come in contact with your swimwear.
– Some sunscreen lotions and tanning oils may mark or damage swimwear.
– We recommend that you rinse immediately after use.
What should I do when I’m ready to let go of my VOKE Swimwear?
SEND US YOUR SWIMSUITS
To help us increase the longevity of our swimwear, we have implemented a VOKE Swimwear take-back system. If you have one of our pieces at the end of its life that you’d like to send back to us for responsible repair or recycling, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are some great sites that can be used to sell garments you no longer wear. Check out TheRealReal, Ebay, and Poshmark. You can also research local consignment shops or boutiques in your area that may be accepting new items for resale.
Organize a clothing swap with your friends to trade clothing and help keep garments out of the landfill.
DONATE OR RECYCLE SELECTIVELY
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, who down-cycle them by turning them into insulation or rags. Alternatively, the donated items are diverted from the recycler to other countries who often don’t need them, so the items are sent directly to landfills overseas.