Sustainability Sunday: 1 Pair of Jeans, 1000 Gallons of Water
Updated: Apr 6, 2022
How many pairs of jeans do you own? If you wear them a lot, I'd say you probably own 5 to 7 pairs. If you wear them sometimes, then I'd say about 3 or 4 pairs. Or if you're anything like me, who doesn't find jeans comfortable at all, you might not own any, or maybe just 1 pair.
The amount of jeans you might have isn't the point of this post, but I wanted to highlight it to bring our topic into perspective. A typical pair of blue jeans consumes 1,000 gallons of water in its life cycle. 1 pair, 1,000 gallons. That's A LOT of water for one pair of pants. This consumption comes from water used to grow the cotton, water used to dye it, water used to wash it, etc.
We wanted to bring attention to this issue this Sunday to encourage and promote sustainable thinking. Water resources around the world are depleting and eventually we'll hit a water crisis, unless we do something to solve this problem. Starting out, we can dress with sustainability in mind, and holding off on buying new jeans is a good place to begin. Just think of all the water we'll save!