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Patch Up Your Act: Eco-Friendly Tips and tricks for Long-Lasting Use

At California Emblems, we consider ourselves gardeners of custom patches–committed not only to producing high-quality products but also to minimizing our impact on the environment. Just like a gardener tends to his plants with care and attention, we believe in taking care of our patches in a way that’s environmentally responsible. In this post, we’ll share our eco-friendly tips for custom patch care, so you can help us cultivate a healthier planet while keeping your patches in top condition.

1. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

When it comes to cleaning your custom patches, it’s important to choose products that are gentle on the environment. Harsh chemicals can not only damage the patch’s materials but also pollute waterways and harm wildlife. Instead, opt for eco-friendly cleaning products that are biodegradable and non-toxic.

2. Hand Wash Your Patches

While it may be tempting to toss your custom patches in the washing machine, it’s not the most environmentally friendly option. Machine washing can cause excess water and energy usage, and the agitation of the machine can damage the patch’s materials. Instead, hand wash your patches using a mild detergent and cool water. Gently rub the patch with your fingers and rinse thoroughly.

3. Air Dry Your Patches

Using a dryer to dry your custom patches can be energy-intensive and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, lay your patches flat on a clean towel and let them air dry. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or high heat, which can cause the colors to fade or the materials to warp.

4. Repurpose Old Patches

If you have old patches that you no longer use, consider repurposing them instead of throwing them away. For example, you could turn them into a patchwork quilt or use them to decorate a tote bag.

5. Handle Your Patches With Care

To prevent your custom patches from getting ripped or torn, handle them with care. Avoid pulling or tugging on the patches, and use a cloth or paper towel when ironing them to prevent damage to the embroidery.

Caring for your custom patches with environmental ethics in mind is a simple yet effective way to make a positive impact on the planet. By using eco-friendly cleaning products, hand washing your patches, and air drying them, you can keep your patches looking great while reducing your carbon footprint. Let’s work together to make the world a better place, one patch at a time.