The one fact that just keeps blowing my mind: at any given moment, nearly half of all people in the world are wearing blue jeans.
Which are now also among the most energy-intensive mass-produced textiles.
Are they energy-intensive from the begining or is it the "worn out" effect nearly all of them have that is energy-intensive ? :x
It's not only worn out jeans, but also just normal "worn in jeans". Basically; if it's comfortable once you first put it on, and you didn't buy something specially described as "raw" jeans, they your jeans have undergone special intensive treatment to break them down.
I highly recommend the entire run of this mini-series: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/blue-jeans-articles-of-interest-5/
@DrAndrewThaler is that just because of the horrible inefficiency of growing and processing cotton?
(I'm not a jeans wearer, I guess I'm the other 50%)
Next question: what is the more environmentally friendly jeans alternative that I can buy when my current jeans get retired?
My first pair of Fjällräven trousers lasted 10 years - then I got too fat to wear them, but they're still durable and decent looking.
Granted, Fjällräven use their own proprietary G1000 brand of fabric, and I don't know how energy-heavy it is to produce - but if one pair lasts ten+ years, that's a pretty good payoff for that initial production.
@DrAndrewThaler and they are uncomfortable and fit so many ppl poorly! Wtf?
@DrAndrewThaler That's true, but it's also a rather durable material. Would a switch to a material that requires less resources but lasts no where near as long be better?
@DrAndrewThaler I'm feeling even better about primarily being a khakis person.
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