The Spppoooky Truth About Halloween Costumes
So, my friend Ryan Smith joked that, in choosing our costume, we should elect for the most sustainable option this year. The sppoooooky truth about most of what we wear, however, is that the vast majority of clothing’s environmental impact comes from the use phase, not from materials or production. The Danish Ministry of the Environment published a paper that examined the impact of textiles across a wide range of impacts, including toxicity, ozone formation, nutrient loading and…
ENerGY consumption. The table below represents the impact of each phase of textile life cycle, and, as you can see, owning clothes is much, much more intense than buying them. Good news for H&M, bad news for the environment. (As a side note, it makes me very curious about whether or not Levi’s recent movement to re-purpose used bottles as jeans will actually reduce environmental impact…)
So, what can you do to save the environment while scaring up some candy? After you wash out whatever jello-shot-snickerdoodle-lipstick ends up on your (hopefully purchased second-hand) shirt….hang it on the line instead of throwing it into the drier.
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