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

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 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. So how can you 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.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one T-shirt. That's enough for one person to drink for 900 days. (0:22)

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    One load of laundry takes 40 gallons of water, and drying it requires five times the energy it did to wash it. (0:40)

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

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