The sustainability-index of your swimwear doesn't only depend on the sourcing of materials, production and distribution practices. Once your XALI arrives at your place, it's all in your hands. We encourage you to take optimal care of your swimmers to enjoy them for as long as possible. Only if we consume less we can become actually sustainable. We made sure that the material of our swimwear is durable, but here are the most important Do's and Don'ts for swimwear care.
We recommend giving your XALI at least a cold rinse with fresh water after every wear, even if you didn't go into the water - that's because sunscreen, chlorine and bodily oils can have an adverse effect on the fibers or lead to discolouring. You want to remove these substances as soon as possible. Either rinse the swimwear in your sink or do it while you're taking your post-swim shower. In both cases, cold or cool water is preferred to protect the material and minimize microfibers from being released
Even better is if you have time to soak your swimwear in cold water for about 30 minutes, adding a small amount laundry detergent for delicates. Then rinse it cold. An eco-friendly alternative for laundry detergent is white vinegar (it has antibacterial and deodorizing properties)
To dry, press out the water gently or place the swimwear in between a towel and squeeze to pull out the water. Never wring out your items, this can lead to damaged fibers
Lay your suit flat to dry, away from direct sunlight (direct sunlight could contribute to fading of colours). Hang drying could have an effect on the shape of the swimwear, that's why we recommend flat lay
If you feel like you must wash your XALI in the laundry machine for some reason, put it in a washing bag (check out GUPPYFRIEND if you don't have one yet). Wash it at a low temperature on the delicates cycle. The bag will ensure more gentle washing and catch microfibers that would otherwise be released into the water (our suits are still made from plastic, after all, even if it's recycled ocean plastic). The amount of microfibers released during a cold-quick cycle is significantly less than during a longer hot water cycle.
Never put your XALI into the tumble dryer. This weakens their elasticity and causes unnecessary emissions
Don't let your swimwear soak in water over night, as it can lead to fibers loosening
Be aware that the heat and chemicals in a jacuzzi can damage your swimwear. We recommend wearing older suits for these occasions.