According to recent analysis of UK, buying jeans can be extremely damaging to the environment as CO2 emissions produced while manufacturing jeans that is equal to flying 2,372 times around the world or a patrol car traveling over 21 billion miles.
But buying a pair of second-hand jeans a year could reduce emissions comparable to travelling 3 billion fewer miles.
British non-profit organization Oxfam disclose the carbon footprint of making new jeans and by putting a spotlight on the effects of fashion consumption on the planet before the launch of its Second Hand September campaign.
The campaign urges people to adopt second-hand fashion in September to combat the climate crises and raise funds for aiding the world’s poorest communities.
Lorna Fallon, Oxfam retail director said, “The figures are astonishing. Continuing on this road is just not sustainable for the planet and everyone who lives on it. But there’s hope and lots of fun. By Shopping second hand is a small and enjoyable choice each of us can make. And together we can have a giant impact on the climate emergency.”
In the UK, women own seven pairs of jeans and men six on average, but each pair produces a carbon footprint.
According to the research, if all the jeans in the UK were bought brand new, the carbon footprint would be equal to emissions released by a coal-fired power station in 18 months.