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Happy Thursday, pal! Hope you're basking in some sunshine. 
 

How to wash your jeans less
 
If you feel like washing jeans less is a weird way to live a little greener, rest assured that I once felt the same. A pair of jeans takes a surprising amount of water and energy to produce, and it also takes a large amount of water and energy to maintain. An easy solution to reducing our carbon footprint is to wash our jeans less. This keeps our jeans from deteriorating quickly, and we'll use less water and energy to care for them. 

I’ve tried to cut down on my jeans washing the last few months and after much Googling, I’ve fallen into a great routine. It only takes a few minutes of jean maintenance, and my jeans smell fresh even though I’m washing them less. Here’s what works for me.

After I wear my jeans: 
-Spot clean any stains with a wash cloth and gentle soap (if needed)
-Spray them with natural fabric spray
-Hang them to air dry for a few hours
-Fold them neatly and put them back in my closet after dry 

When my jeans eventually need a wash:
-Turn them inside out
-Wash them on a delicate cycle with cold water
-Air dry  
-Put them on a do a couple squats to make the fabric feel a bit softer.

That’s it! I’m currently at 5-6 wears between washes and feeling great. Let me know if you give it a try!
 

Also!


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The easiest dinner!  So tasty and filling. 

Speaking of denim, this $68 pair is my favorite, and is more eco-friendly than your regular ole' pair of jeans.

And last but not least, a quote I'm feeling as 2021 is starting to look even more hopeful: 
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable”
– Mary Oliver.

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Progress over perfection!
I'm proud of you!
Yeehaw!

Rachel 
 
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