What is the carbon footprint of a single regular tee shirt?



  1. 0 Votes

    That depends, in a major way, on how and how often it is washed and dried: on average, about 10% of energy used goes into producing cotton fibers, 12% into making the shirt (these two values are higher for polyester), 19% for washing, and a whole 53% for tumble drying. And of course the carbon cost of shipping a t-shirt over large distances matters a lot too (that’s the remaining few %). I wasn’t able to find the actual average total amount of emitted carbon dioxide, unfortunately. To get some idea, using a label from a clothing manufacturer that provides such data, about 2.8 kg of CO2 is release per garment (with extra 5.5 kg if non-renewable electricity sources are used in manufacture). That’s without the washing and drying described above.

Please signup or login to answer this question.

Sorry,At this time user registration is disabled. We will open registration soon!