Carbon Footprint

It Takes 2,700 Liters Of Water To Make One T-Shirt

Here's something you probably didn't know about your favorite T-shirt: Cotton needs a lot of water, requiring up to 2,700 liters (713 gallons) to grow enough for just one T-shirt.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Water goes to other unexpected places, too. For example, only a fraction of the water used to make soda ends up in the bottle, as the majority goes to the production of the sugarcane that sweetens the beverage. In fact, 70% of all of the water that's available for human use goes to agriculture.

How Can I Help?

Saving water is one obvious solution. Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth, take shorter showers, and water your garden in the early morning or late afternoon with a watering can instead of a hose. Less obvious is the fact that you can reduce your T-shirt's environmental impact by saving energy, too. Air-drying instead of machine-drying and ironing your shirt will reduce its carbon footprint by a third. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one T-shirt. That's enough for one person to drink for 900 days. 00:22

  2. One load of laundry takes 40 gallons of water, and drying it requires five times the energy it did to wash it. 00:40

  3. Only 1% of the Earth's water is non-salty and accessible, and 70% of that is used for crops. 01:03

Written by Curiosity Staff July 12, 2016

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