Don’t Wash Your Jeans Too Much, Says Levi’s CEO

How often do you chuck your jeans in the laundry? If it’s more than once a year, the CEO of Levi’s thinks you’re doing it wrong. At a green-themed conference sponsored by Fortune, Chip Bergh said he practices what he preaches.

“These jeans have yet to see a washing machine,” he said of the pair he had on, which he has owned for a year. “I have yet to get a skin disease.” (Bergh didn’t say how often he wears them.)

Levi’s has actually pushed the idea for years as a way for consumers to cut down on water use, notes Mashable, and the company plans to unveil a line called “Waterless” that professes to use less water on the production end as well. More people than you might think already employ the strategy, and researchers at the University of Alberta gave one pair of jeans a clean bill of health after 15 months of no-wash wear.

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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Chip Bergh must wear his jeans once or twice a year and, just sit and do nothing to get them dirty!
I, myself, live in mine and yes, they get washed all the time!!

Biby C.
Biby C3 years ago

Wash it once a year?!! Uh uh! Not if you're living in the tropics! Unless you want to get fungal infection!

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

I just can't imagine the smell of someone who would refuse to wash their pants! By the end of the year the pants would be standing and walking by themselves. Gross. Good theory though. Gowing up, my mom always told me I didn't wear out my clothes, I washed my clothes to death!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Karen K.
Karen K3 years ago


Diane L.
Diane L3 years ago

This was a story on my TV nightly news a couple of days ago. Both "anchors" were cracking up laughing, and saying how they wouldn't want to be close to this guy! Good grief, they sell pre-washed LEVI's and those that look like they've been washed daily for a century for huge bucks. The MORE washed they look, the better.

Kathy Henion
Kathy Henion3 years ago

I just don't think you can tell some one how often to wash their jeans. He has no idea how much work people might do in their jeans, how many pets they might have or just how dirty some one's life is.

Last time I checked, clothes were meant to be washed.

Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

Love our environment

Jane R.
Jane R3 years ago

Poor advice.I wouldn't want someone sitting on my furniture in dirty cloths. Germs and e coli are present everywhere.Turn your jeans inside out and wash in cold water.Fluff in the dryer for a few minutes and air dry.The color will last forever this way.

Bonnie Bowen
Bonnie Bowen3 years ago

Fluff article. Bad idea for most people