The textile industry is huge, and it is a huge producer of greenhouse gasses. Today’s textile industry is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gasses (GHG’s) on Earth, due to its huge size. In 2008, annual global textile production was estimated at 60 billion kilograms (KG) of fabric. The estimated energy and water needed to produce that amount of fabric:-
- 1,074 billion kWh of electricity or 132 million metric tons of coal and
- between 6 – 9 trillion litres of water
Fabrics are all around us but it is not front on mind when you think about your carbon footprint. We tend to overlook fabrics, maybe because they are almost always used as a component in a final product that seems rather innocuous: sheets, blankets, sofas, curtains, cleaning cloths, mops, even Clive the Cleaners hair!