How big is the carbon footprint of YOUR T-shirt?
It is very
clear that the environment is our most precious good we have and there for it
is our responsibility to take care of the planet we all live on, so that our
children are still able to enjoy the walks into the forrest and to enjoy the
beaches and clean water to swim in.
are aware of this we all still can use a reminder and some inspiration on how
to reduce our own Co2 Emissions.
know that 52% (1,22kg) of the total footprint from a T-shirt is your responsibility in
wearing, washing, ironing and drying your T-shirt.
What is carbon
things first, before starting with the numbers let’s start at the beginning
what is Carbon footprint?
footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment,
and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases
produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity,
heating and transportation etc.
footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and
has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent.
footprint is made up of the sum of two parts, the primary footprint and the
primary footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of Co2 from the burning
of fossil fuels including domestic energy consumption and transportation (e.g.
car and plane). We have direct control of these.
secondary footprint is a measure of the indirect Co2 emissions from the whole
lifecycle of products we use - those associated with their manufacture and
eventual breakdown. To put it very simply – the more we buy the more emissions
will be caused on our behalf.
1 tonnes of Co2 weighs as much as 10 baby elephants or an adult giraffe and would takes
up the same space as a 10m wide, 25m long and 2m deep swimming pool!
What produces 1 tonnes of Co2? 4,428 km drive by car or 16,093 km drive by bus!
showed that over the whole life-cycle of the product, from manufacture to
disposal the Co2 Emissions add up on average to a total of more than 10
kilograms. The most variable part of this can be traced back to use of the
clothing as washing, drying and ironing cause considerable Co2 emissions. For
instance a ladies’ white long-shirt, on average 3.3 kilograms of Co2 are
produced during use before its disposal, if it’s assumed that it will be washed
around 55 times before it becomes rubbish. If the product is put in the dryer
each time and then ironed, The Co2 emissions increase, just from use of the
product, to almost 12 kilograms. The Product Carbon Footprint then increases
from approximately 10 to around 19 kilograms.
A total of
around 7 kilograms of CO2 were generated before the customer took the long-
shirt home. Just cultivating the cotton for the long-shirt produced more than
one kilogram of CO2. Production of the item of clothing uses another 3
kilograms of CO2. The spinning company, which processes the cotton for yarn,
and the dye works each account for 1 kilogram of CO2. Manufacture of the
material and sewing uses another kilogram of CO2. Dark textiles cause double
the amount of CO2 during dyeing as light or white clothing. The remaining
approximate 3 kilograms of CO2 are produced by packing, compilation of the
catalogue, storage and dispatch of the product.
the shirt covers a distance of around 19,000 kilometers from Asia to the
Netherlands, the emissions from transportation by ship only amount to around 70
grams of the whole Product Carbon Footprint. On the other hand, if the
long-shirt comes by plane instead of by ship the Product Carbon Footprint
increases by approximately 3.5 kilograms.
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