Water

It takes 2900 gallons of water to produce 1 pair of traditional jeans

And 1500 gallons of that is just enough to produce enough cotton for 1 pair of jeans

 

The rest is used in the dyeing process, and the finishing processes that are used to achieve vintage and worn in looks

How can you change this?

Look for denim that uses water recycling plants at the production facilities

 

Look for denim that uses more eco-friendly and water efficient fibers, such as lyocel, linen, or recycled fabrics.

 

Look for brands that are using Ozone finishing Equipment

 

 Also, brands that are using foam dyeing rather than rope or slasher dyeing in one generic dye bath

 

Buy vintage or secondhand!!!

 

Pollution

Waste water is also a major issue with processing denim

 

After denim has gone through the washing process, toxic sludge is left and disposed of in unethical and unsustainable ways

 

They say in China you can tell the next trendy colour by looking at what colour the rivers are


A lot of greenhouse gasses are also generated when going through the production, manufacturing, and transportation stages of a jean’s lifecycle

 

    How do we fix this?

    Buy brands that are disposing of waste in a humane manner such as turning old sludge into bricks that can be used for homes or using water filtration systems that allow them to recycle the water

     


    Buy brands that have clean energy running their production facility