Is Your maternity Clothing better Travelled Than You? Cotton
The cotton journey
“A simple cotton T-shirt doesn’t seem so simple when you begin to trace the various steps in the now-standard vast global process from cotton farm to clothing shop.” -Matthew Green
Even before clothing is made it has accumulated a fair amount of land, sea or air miles.
Your cotton T-shirt label may say “made in Cambodia”, but the raw materials came from a different country. Cambodia doesn’t grow cotton. Nor does it spin cotton or even manufacture artificial fibers. Instead, Cambodian factories import textiles from abroad, and make a finished product.
Producing a single shirt relies on coordinating an international supply chain. An average t-shirt travels over 39,000 miles to get to North America.
That means before your Cambodia-labeled T-shirt leaves Cambodia, the raw materials have already traveled nearly 10,300km (or, 6,200 miles) by sea and rail. - Fast Company
From the farm to the factories, then over the seas to your favourite brands. Your closet has traveled more than you have! Second-hand shrink these KM's dramatically!
THE TAKE AWAY
Second-hand Clothing Isn't travelling far to get to your door.
And you don’t have to worry about the carbon footprint of the raw materials either.
Less travel time, means less carbon emissions.
Try this activity with your kids or with your friends Clothing Map
Where does cotton come from?