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Friday, February 6, 2009

Just one cotton-picking moment

Here are a few facts about the environmental impact that a single t-shirt can have:

* Every new cotton t-shirt requires about 1.5 kilograms of pesticides and fertiliser chemicals to produce.

* One cotton t-shirt requires 2000 litres of water to produce, including water used in agricultural and industrial phases of production.

* Cotton is grown all around the world, including many ecologically sensitive areas.

* Most t-shirts are made in China, so their fibres make many flier miles before finding their way onto your back.

Thus, a demonstration where it is claimed 2,000 people are in attendance, and each person wears a custom made t-shirt will theoretically generate 3 tonnes of pesticides of fertiliser chemicals, and 40,000 litres of water (equivalent to the water usage of about 260 average households in a day). This is not to mention transport miles for the fibres.

Where crowd numbers are exaggerated, the environmental impact can still be achieved by using huge banners.

Climate change protest t-shirts can be bought in a range of styles and colours. For maximum impact these are best worn once per protest march and never again.

NB Statistics in this post are sourced from some greenie website, and are therefore not very reliable.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"NB Statistics in this post are sourced from some greenie website, and are therefore not very reliable."

I say they are not!
"1.5 kilograms of pesticides and fertiliser chemicals"
even Herr Goebbels would be blushing.

The only credible claim is the transport costs. There I agree, never could understand how transporting iron ore and coal to China and buying the steel from them, again transporting it back, can be cheaper than to produce it locally, but there you go, what would I know about it.