If we think about the price of a pair of jeans, we think about the money that we pay for it. Unfortunately, clothes manufacturers never mention the environmental price that these clothes carry. Let's take a look at how much the most basic outfit costs - in terms of CO2: while producing one single pair of jeans, approximately 33.4 kg of CO2 is emitted. The carbon footprint of a typical pair of running shoes is 14 kg CO2, while for a pure cotton T-Shirt it is 15 kg CO2. In total, this simple 3-piece-outfit already produces 62.4 kg CO2, and this is just a tiny fraction of our clothes. Now you get an idea of the immense environmental cost of all of our wardrobes combined!
Compensating our CO2-emissions is often related to flights or long car rides, but we are neglecting the carbon impact of the clothes we wear. To put the CO2 emissions of jeans manufacturing into perspective:
It is nothing new that the fashion industry is making a sizeable contribution to climate change. But did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of annual global CO2 emissions, which is more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined? At this pace, the greenhouse gas emissions of the fashion industry will have gone up by 50% by 2030.