The Life Cycle of a T-shirt

T-shirt Lifecycle

It probably wouldn't take more than a look into the average American college student's closet to persuade you that this country is one of the three largest cotton producers in the world. That means that we've become quite efficient at the production of a variety of cotton products like the t-shirt, but though this might be true, the process is also extremely resource-intensive.

According to the textile resale company, USAgain, the average t-shirt takes about 700 gallons of water to produce. Compare this to American Water Works statistics that say the daily indoor per capita water usage is 69.3 gallons--that's about 10 days of water usage!

"But," you think, "it's a little too late now. I have 12 t-shirts sitting in the dresser behind me. What am I supposed to do?"

Though these statistics may be eye-opening, there's little you can do to stop the thriving cotton industry from continuing to pollute the air and water. What you can do, however, is reduce your own carbon footprint by re-using and recycling your t-shirts.

All it takes is a few minutes of your time, a pair of scissors, and needle and thread to stop the cycle of pollution.