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Carbon emissions should be a matter of concern
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Carbon emissions of a pure cotton T-shirt (250 grams in weight) right from the cotton fields to the repeated washing it goes through, across its entire lifecycle is about seven kilograms (kg).

Carbon dioxide emissions in the process of cotton-growing are around 1 kg. Emissions in the production process from ginning to stitching are about 1.5 kg and the emissions from the transportation process from cotton fields to retail store are about 0.5 kg.

If it is considered that a T-shirt is washed, dried and ironed around 25 times by a consumer, it is expected that it will discharge carbon emissions of around 4 kg. In all the cotton T-shirt (250 grams in weight) will totally emit about seven kg of carbon emissions, which is almost equal to 28 times of its own weight.

In the same manner, a piece of 100 percent polyester pants or a skirt (400 grams in weight) will emit about 47 kilograms of carbon emissions across its entire lifecycle, if the energy used is provided by coal

Assuming that a person on an average purchases four cotton T-shirts (250 g / piece), four cotton shirts (250 g / piece), two polyester trousers (400 g / piece), one synthetic coat (500 g / piece) in a year, then carbon emissions from all these clothing along with leather accessories would add up to a stupendous 800 kg.

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