The clothing we buy also has carbon emissions and how often we wash, dry and replace them effects the planet. The first thing to know is that this carbon footprint falls under the secondary type. This type measures the carbon footprint an ornament of clothing will damage the environment over the course of its life. Before you receive a piece of clothing there is an assigned footprint. For even just a t-shirt the carbon emitted to make it, can be 20 time the weight of the shirt itself. The second part is that we will release emissions washing and drying the piece of clothing for however long we own it. One more thing we have to watch out for is the discarding of old clothing because once it reaches the landfill it sits, when instead the fabric could be recycled!
The textile industry is also the third largest consumer of water. Growing fibers is the reason cotton plant takes about 8,000 gallons of water in order to get 2 and a half pounds of cotton. From there it must be dyed which takes about 150 gallons of water for that same bit of cotton. Currently the textile industry is making steps to reduce their half of the emission due to economic reasons, we could do the same!
Ever been to a thrift store?
They are great, hunting for style in a place that articulates best the ideals to reuse while simultaneously saving you money is style to be appreciated. Reduction is always the first step in the system to lower carbon emissions and if you can’t do that then Reuse is next up. The pitch perfect way of doing that is thrift shopping and giving that lovely garment a new home.