What’s the impact of your clothing?

(Posted December 12, 2010)

“Apparel doesn’t sound like a dirty industry, but its manufacturing has huge global consequences. Tanning leather often involves toxic chemicals. Making synthetic fabrics such as polyester uses large amounts of crude oil and other materials that release volatile compounds. Cotton-growing is water-intensive—and cotton is often shipped from the U.S. and Europe to Asia to make thread and fabric, then shipped elsewhere for cutting and elsewhere again for sewing. Some of our clothes have circled the globe twice by the time they arrive in stores.”

GOOD blog links to an article by the Wall Street Journal about a new “eco index” tool created by a group of apparel companies to help consumers gauge how environmentally friendly their clothing pieces are.. wonder if it will really impact people’s decisions…

 

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