Bags Care Instructions
Taking good care of your bag is the best way to make it last for a long time.
We recommend washing your bag by machine on cold water setting. Washing with the cold water helps to reduce shrinkage, especially on the very first wash. Besides, washing with cold water demands less electricity and therefore is more eco-friendly than using warm/hot water.
We also recommend not to add bleach in the wash, as it may degrade the material and some of the colours. Plus, bleach is toxic and harsh to both the environment and your health.
Our bags are not pre-shrunk. Cotton shrinks around 10% after the first wash, but don't worry, we design our bags foreseeing the shrinkage. We recommend that you do not tumble dry your bag. Simply hanging your bag to dry will do the trick. Hang drying is also eco-friendly, as it does not require the electricity the dryer demands.
Cotton wrinkles. And your bag will too!
Ironing will help it get back to that smooth good-looking appearance. But if you don't iron, no sweat! The bag's daily use will ease the material back into its original form.
We recommend ironing the bag inside out in order to protect the print that's on the outside of the bag. So set your iron to medium or low heat, and iron the bag inside out. Ironing on high heat can slightly burn the surface of the fabric and change its look.
After your bag has done its job, and you feel like it’s time for a new one (hopefully also Rather Green!), we recommend the following actions:
- If the bag has a metal snap(s), cut the fabric around in order to detach it from the canvas;
- After the metal snap is detached, place it in the designated recycling bin from your local recycling program.
Textiles – fabric and webbing handles:
- Ideally, we recommend that you find another usage for the fabric used to make the main structure of the bag. For example, you can use it in your garden as an in-soil barrier to separate different sections of soil or mulch.
- There is an infinity of usages for it, and the fabric will eventually be decomposed with the help of bacteria, sunlight and chemical elements around it such as oxygen.
- If you want to include your bag in the waste and disposal program of the area where you live, we recommend you check what is the recommendation for textiles/fabrics, and proceed accordingly.
- The webbing used to make the handles of our bags is made of 100% hemp, which means it is also compostable. It also means that it is very strong. The webbing we use is able to hold over 400 lbs of weight, so you can craft it into many things.