Thursday, October 01, 2009

Green Garbage


How many new tee shirts do you buy each year?


According to an article I read yesterday on the back of a completed (not by me) sudoku (medium difficulty) it should be four whereas the average is seven. Oh and they should be made from polyester (ugh) or some man made (sic) fibre rather than wool or cotton.

Those wicked natural fibres have a higher green house gas footprint of more than 20 times their weight.

Which dickhead works out this stuff - can we see your data and check your calculations please?

And it’s a good thing you aren’t taking GCSE Chemistry Mr Clever Dick because answers to questions about synthetic v natural fibres must use the terms ‘non biodegradable
’ and ‘non renewable’ materials e.g. oil (2 marks).

And if you were in my class you wouldn’t be able to say ‘man made’ because sexist language was not allowed.


Whilst wearing your sweaty polyester tee shirt which you haven’t washed because you only have 3 others and using the washing machine uses too much water and energy you may be tempted to read the daily paper.

Guess what - the Guardian says that’s OK because they print on the recycled stuff.

Surprisingly - they didn’t suggest reading it on line.
KAZ

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31 Comments:

Blogger tony said...

i dont change my tee shirt very often (I only have a few) They tend to get a wee bit grubby.ie lots of ‘non renewable’ materials on the outside [i tend to dribble a lot].It's a variation of wearing ones heart on ones sleeve.........

7:50 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

...fewer than four a year I'm sure. And certainly not Polyester! Yuk! Decent cotton tees last for years, indeed only the other day Mrs.LDNP was complaining that I'd had one tee-shirt longer than I'd known her.

On the subject of synthetic fibres, however, here it says that there is a new generation of person-made fibres that aren't oil derived....though the photo looks more like someone hiding in a shrubbery than wearing clothing....doesn't look like that would last twenty years plus.

8:18 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Mmmm. Shopping and laundry. I may have an opinion about these topics someplace.

8:56 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Tony:
You probably fit in well in Hebden Bridge

NiC:
I buy millions of the things and often wear two in the same day.
Good article from the RSC - you should do the Guardian's research.
Those excellent new fibres are 'regenerated' rather like rayon which comes from cellulose pulp.

Vicus:
Coming soon ... eyebrow plucking and flower arranging.

9:22 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

this is one high horse I'm happy to take a ride on. . .

mind you, I'm also interested in eyebrow plucking and flower arranging

(and charity shop finds are my favourite brand)

10:14 am  
Blogger Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

I tend to buy t-shirts on holiday if they aren't over-priced as they make practicle souvenirs and I've quite a few that are still being worn 20 or 30 years on but they always go in the washing after a day's use.

10:38 am  
Blogger Roses said...

This looks nothing like a meme! Humpf.

I recently went through my wardrobe and bagged up quite a few t-shirts. Most of the stuff I passed on to the charity shop came from Primark and probably had cotton...in the stitching.

I have to say I would challenge their assertion than synthetic is better than natural.

The energy needed to create the synthetic fibres and the fact they are non-biodegradeable, I would argue creates a greater impact on the environment....

zzzzz...oh look...an online newspaper....zzzz

10:58 am  
Blogger Roses said...

PS. Why don't you come clean? You actually live in Spain and sometimes visit Manchester.

10:58 am  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

Do you reckon that you have to wear more deodorant with synthetic fibres?
Probably best to go naked and sprawl around on a faux fur rug in front of a coal fuelled fire. As I do. All the time.
Sx

11:38 am  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm not sure that "child made" t-shirts would particularly sell... but perhaps that would be a good thing? Though I dare say they'd just get the poor little souls sewing Nikes...

11:57 am  
Blogger savannah said...

i'm surprised there wasn't a carbon credit offset calculation paypal site included! *snickering* xoxox

12:43 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Polyester makes me hot and irritable. I can't even wear polyester slacks!

1:04 pm  
Blogger mago said...

No, I can not remember when I bought t-shirts ... Why is "manmade" wrong?

1:45 pm  
Blogger xl said...

1. Most of my t-shirts are freebie promotional ones from computer trade shows.

2. Cotton, please.

3. Person-made?

2:52 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

Since going self employed nearly 2 years ago, I haven't bought a single item of clothing. No, don't thank me, just go and enjoy yourself in Primark on my carbon allowance....

3:11 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Is the gentleman in "The Big Zip" planning to pole dance?

I never buy t-shirts and seldom wear them but I do confess to having two Coronation Street t-shirts which I sometimes wear while I'm watching Corrie.

3:26 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

I bought a new t-shirt this year. I don't think it was made by a man.

3:36 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

View:
Charity shops and jumbles have always been my designers of choice.
Trouble is - they are all full of Primark and George at Asda these days.

Gerald:
I hope that's a cold water wash using the washboard and the dolly tub.

Roses:
I've almost done it - it's next.
We need to challenge these half baked statements. Journalists will claim anything will save the world - just to get our attention.
Are you still awake - EH!!

Scarlet:
Those faux fur rugs are a girl's best friend. After a naked seductive sprawl you can wrap it round you and pop out to Sainsburys.

Steve:
Interesting - I always think the solution to global warming should be political. Perhaps the label should state who actually sewed them.

3:39 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Savannah:
I'm working on it as I write!

Geoff:
"Hot and irritable"?
What's your excuse when you're wearing cotton?

Mago:
Because there are female chemists - see here.
Synthetic is better.

xl:
1: Lucky you - but are they in your colour?
2: Always
3: That's OK (see above).

Rog:
Good for you.
I still get tempted - but then find it just stays on the hanger.
But go on - if you insist (plans trip to River Island soon).

MJ:
Now I'm wondering what you wear. Basques?
I always wear a tee shirt - even if only a bit of it shows.
What do you wear to watch Mad Men?

Dave:
How on earth can you tell?
Did it look a bit girly?

3:44 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Now I'm wondering what you wear. Basques?

Yes, in fact I adore Basques and have quite a collection.

What do you wear to watch Mad Men?

I would like to be wearing Don Draper … on my FACE!

3:50 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

MJ:
I can just imagine you on the sofa with Don Draper watching Corrie in your Corrie tee shirt... with the basque waiting underneath.

4:05 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

At the price I payed for it it must have been made by children.

4:20 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I'll overlook that as long as you tell us what you've been up to in tomorrow's post.

6:21 pm  
Blogger Liz said...

Great post Kaz.

I don't think it's possible to have any kind of manufacturing without some environmental impact.

I usually buy a couple of new tee shirts each year to replace ones that have either worn out or that I can't fit into anymore. I prefer natural fibres to sweaty man-made stuff.

7:31 pm  
Blogger mago said...

I understand.

8:37 pm  
Blogger Tom said...

I am down to my last few T-Shirts.... I have been 'Having A Sort Out' and I'm now to FAT for the ones I have... handed them down to my son for working in 'he said'... I now need to shop for more... ones that have xxx or even xxxx on the lable... ;O( I might just buy a tent or two and be done with it )

5:25 am  
Blogger Donn w/2nz said...

I have about 50 T's. All cotton and about half of them have clever slogans emblazoned upon the front.
They are only to be worn around the house because a gentleman must always have a proper collar on to hide all of his hickeys.

I would dearly love to build a better molecule..it would be a stable molecule, not too quarky, and one that combines in a long string down in the swimsuit area..and it should also be luminescent so "it" glows in the dark..it would be sort of cool if the colours swirled and changed, but mainly it would be most helpful if I wouldn't need to turn on a light when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

6:11 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Liz:
Thanks.
Tee shirts should be cotton. Marlon Brando would never have worn polyester would he?

Mago:
Good - glad you came back to find out.

Tom:
Would that be a 2 man tent or a marquee?
Tesco have lots of really big tee shirts.

Donn:
50?
What do you wear for the other two days of the year?
That tee shirt of yours would save so much energy - you'd win the Nobel prize.

8:23 am  
OpenID moreidlethoughts said...

Bloody blogger! I tried to leave a chemist-type comment and got bumped. (Probably 'cos I'm not a chemist type)

Do wet T shirts count? No one else seems to be au fait...

(Serious now...in this "bounteous land" about 99% of our stuff comes from China and the carbon footprint of that country has a laxative effect.)

10:48 am  
Blogger BEAST said...

Someone gave me a t made from Bamboo fibre.......it feels just like silk

11:38 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Dinah:
You should have stuck with the purple gallinule - I've got your wordpress on Google reader now.
Same here with China - though I don't really understand the laxative thing.

Beast:
I hope Scarlet doesn't read that - she'll be over to caress you immediately.
And where could that lead??

4:19 pm  

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