Real cost of a T-shirt

How much does a T-shirt cost?

Textile industries represent an issue of global interest in terms of energy, water and chemical consumption as well as CO2 emissions and solid waste production.

The production of 1 kg of cotton requires up to 3 kg of chemicals: 200 000 tons of dyes (worth 1 billion $) are wasted annually in processes.

Furthermore, to produce 1kg of cotton fabric up to 4300 liters of water are consumed.

In fact the dyeing and finishing processes alone require over 125 liters of water per kg of fibers processed.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation explained: water consumption is extremely high, and often happens to be in areas that suffer from water scarcity.

Just think about your white t-shirt: 100 liters of water have been consumed in its production. This is the amount of water you drink in two months!

Therefore, current production processes are mostly old and not in line with today’s technological progress. The integration of modern technologies would definitely increase the sustainability of textile processes.

New technologies would also allow to embrace the paradigms of the circular economy.