“Chic outfit without ironing” must be a favorite phase for many of us. Ironing is not an easy work as we need to put effort and time with cost of electricity to do it. The longer we do the ironing, the higher cost we need to pay.

         Recently, the Ministry of Energy and Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) raised an idea to promote non-iron dress shirt that could be wearing in daily life. After being washed, dress shirts that stay wrinkle-free without the ironing would be given a No.5 power-saving label. EGAT and entrepreneurs had signed MOU for the “Label No.5 Dress Shirt” productions. The dress shirts must be produced from non-iron fabrics. With cooperation of 22 garment factories and companies, fabrics would be improved in order to reduce amount of electricity consumed for ironing and the dress shirts would be marked with the No.5 Label in 2018.

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         Wearing Non-Iron Dress Shirt Daily to Save Money

         The result of study shows that electricity consumed for ironing 1 shirt equals to 0.083 kWh (unit) which means that amount of power used for ironing 10 shirts is almost 1 unit. If we wear non-iron shirts in each day for 1 year (365 days), we will be able to save power for 30 units per year (0.083 unit x 365 days = 30.29 units). At present, electricity cost is 3.96 baht per unit. Each of us can save 120 baht per year just by stopping ironing 1 shirt a day.

         Setting a Target to Produce 1.7 Million Dress Shirts with the No.5 Labels to Reduce Electricity Usage for 7 Million Units per Year

         On September 20, 2017, in addition to a creased shirt design contest, EGAT and entrepreneurs had signed MOU for the “Label No.5 Shirt” productions in which the shirts must be produced from non iron fabrics. With cooperation of 22 garment factories and companies, fabrics will be improved in order to reduce amount of electricity used for ironing. The shirts produced from such fabrics will be marked with the No.5 Label in 2018.

         It is expected that 1.7 million label No.5 shirts will be produced yearly. Each shirt could be wearing for 50 times a year in average. Therefore, the amount of electricity saved per year will be 7.06 units, which values 27.94 million baht. In the meantime, carbon dioxide will be reduced for 3,679.18 tons per year as well.

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         Creased Shirt Design Contest

         In addition to the label No.5 shirts, since May 2017, EGAT had also invited students to submit their works with a concept “Creased Shirt, Proud Heart” for the Creased Shirt Design Contest. The rewards totaled 150,000 baht together with award plates and certificates. Contest results were announced on September 20, 2017. A winner is a student form Sripatum University who designed a work called “Nature is Calling”.

         The label No.5 shirt is the non-iron shirt that meets criteria and requirements of CoolMode standard certifying clothing that is breathable and allows sweat to evaporate quickly which is suitable for Thailand’ climate. In early 2018, we will definitely have the label No.5 shirts which make wearers feel more comfortable and be able to save times, powers and money.

         Did you know?

         Ironing 1 shirt consumes electricity for 0.083 kWh (unit). Ironing 10 shirts consumes electricity for almost 1 unit. Wearing non-iron shirt daily for 1 year equals to 365 shirts. It can save amount of electricity for 30 units per year approximately. It can save money for 120 baht per year per person.

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