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Clothing also has carbon emissions. To reduce emissions, you need to buy less and wear

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Clothing also has carbon emissions. To reduce emissions, you need to buy less and wear

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[EP Environmental Network Report] When many people talk about low-carbon, they always think of using less electricity and turning on air conditioners. In fact, clothing is also closely related to low-carbon emissions. A seemingly inadvertent act like buying an extra pair of pants may consume 47 kilograms of carbon, which is equivalent to the carbon emission of driving a private car for 20 kilometers... A small closet may contain a huge amount of carbon. Emission figures: frequent purchases of clothing, preference for synthetic clothing, and cumbersome styles of clothing all increase carbon emissions invisibly.
 
[Production of clothing causes a lot of carbon emissions]
The carbon emission of a white shirt is 50 times its own weight
According to a report by the Global Industrial Analysis Corporation (GIA), global textile fiber production is expected to reach 93 million tons by 2015. Behind this huge textile market, every piece of clothing will consume countless resources starting from the raw material. Cotton and flax in crops need a lot of water to irrigate, and then they need to be bleached and dyed to become yarns and fabrics. After a series of processes such as garment production, transportation, washing, and ironing, carbon emissions will be generated. After use, it is eventually incinerated and degraded, and carbon emissions occur in every production and processing link.
Perhaps many people do not have such a concept in their minds. A white cotton long-sleeved shirt for women weighs more than 200 grams, from cotton farming, to textile manufacturing, to transportation, distribution, consumption, and waste gas treatment. The carbon emissions of about 10.75 kg, which is 50 times the weight of the shirt itself.
The entire textile industry is one of the largest emissions of greenhouse gases on the planet.
Leather products and chemical fiber synthetic materials have relatively more carbon emissions
There are also differences in emission reduction effects in fabric selection or use methods. It is understood that the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from the production of different fiber fabrics is actually not the same.
Generally speaking, leather products can be described as the "number one natural enemy" of low-carbon clothing. The production process of leather products consumes a lot of water and energy, and toxic substances including formaldehyde, coal tar, dyes and cyanide are often used in the processing process. At the same time, the leather must be tanned. The tanned leather cannot be Biodegradable.
Chemical fiber clothing is artificially synthesized using petroleum and other raw materials, and its production process also consumes a lot of energy and water, and generates pollutants. Based on the energy consumption standard of acrylic fiber clothing that consumes 5 tons of standard coal per ton of clothing, buying a 0.5 kilogram less acrylic clothing can reduce 5.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide, and the chemical fiber itself is also not easily degraded.
In general, the production of natural fibers, especially organic cotton, emits less carbon dioxide. On the contrary, the production of 1 ton of synthetic fiber emits much more carbon dioxide than the production of natural fiber cotton, and the carbon dioxide emissions during the entire production process of acrylic and nylon clothes are more.
 
[Carbon emissions caused by the use of clothing]
Frequent buying of clothing accelerates carbon emissions growth
A survey report shows that 35% of consumers will choose to buy clothes when changing seasons, and 25% will buy clothes every month or even every two weeks, which means that 60% of people will buy new clothes at least every season. As for the life cycle of clothes, only 35% of the survey respondents said that a piece of clothing will be worn for more than 2 years, 28% will wear it for 1 to 2 years, 25% will wear it for 3 months to 1 year, and 12 % Of people buy a piece of clothing and wear it only a few times and stop wearing it.
The result of frequent purchases of new clothes is self-evident. There are more and more clothes in the closet, and the accumulated carbon emissions are naturally much more than that of low-frequency purchases.
Difficulty in recycling and washing clothes are also problems in reducing emissions
In addition to the frequency of purchases, some energy consumption and carbon emissions will also be derived from the use of clothing.
The first is the recycling problem. Even in countries with the most mature garbage sorting, clothing is among the most difficult to recycle. Especially the old chemical fiber and blended clothes, which contain a variety of raw materials and various colors, it is difficult for ordinary people to identify and select, and it is very difficult to reprocess into textile materials. Currently, there is no technology that can fully recycle clothes. deal with.
Secondly, clothes consume water and electricity when washing. Studies have shown that, on average, using hand washing instead of a washing machine when washing clothes can reduce carbon emissions by 0.26 kilograms; if all washing machines in the country are used less once a month, it can reduce carbon emissions by 550,000 tons a year.
 
[How to reduce carbon emissions from clothing]
In terms of raw materials, it is necessary to adopt low-carbon emission surface auxiliary materials as much as possible, and the processing technology adopts low-carbon emission technology. Reduce the frequency of buying clothes, choose environmentally friendly detergents, reduce the frequency of washing, hand wash instead of machine wash, refurbish old clothes, transfer to others, use old things, wear more clothes, etc.
In addition, you can also choose more environmentally friendly washing methods such as lowering the washing temperature, changing the drying to natural drying, and reducing ironing of clothes. Those clothes that do not need ironing will reduce the consumption of electricity, which can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere and achieve the goal of low carbon. (EP Environmental Protection Network: Deng Yanan)

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