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How to remove your fashion-carbon-footprint Clothes

What are the environmental costs of our wardrobes?

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:

Did you know?

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.


What can I do to reduce the carbon footprint of the clothes I wear?

There are many things that you can do right away to start reducing your CO2 footprint. Living by the three 'R' words is the way towards a greener future: reduce, reuse, recycle! The goal is to reduce waste and pollution by extending the lifetime of your clothing. If you extend the life of your clothes by only 3 months, you can already reduce the carbon and waste footprints by 10%! Here are some ideas on how to achieve this:

  • buy second-hand/vintage
  • donate old clothes
  • repair clothes
  • upcycling: get creative and combine garments or redesign your old clothes


greenSand's Cleanup Certificate

Luckily, there is even more you can do! With a greenSand cleanup certificate you make sure to compensate your CO2 emissions by removing CO2 permanently from the air. The best thing about it? It just takes you a few clicks to contribute to a greener planet and do your part of cleaning up the excessive amount of CO2 from our atmosphere. With the greenSand world map you can see the exact location of where the CO2-removing mineral Olivine has been spread on your behalf! Now it is time to stop talking about climate change and start acting!

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