Measure Your Wardrobe’s Environmental Impact With Free Online Tool

by , 09/29/11   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing

online tools, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, carbon footprint

Photo by Jane M. Sawyer

Grade your closet with a free, online calculator that measures the textile footprint of your entire household. Developed by Colour Connections, a fiber consultancy in the United Kingdom, the calculator captures data about your garment consumption in a year, including number of items purchased (categorized by material and type), how they’re laundered, and whether they’re recycled or trashed at the end of their useful lives. Numbers crunched, the calculator spits out an overall EDU score—that’s “Environmental Damage Units”—that tallies your use of water, energy, non-renewable resources, and carbon emissions. Still, the grading nomenclature could use some work: high-roller types are branded “fashionably overweight,” while mindful consumers with the lowest EDU scores are “fashionably unfashionable.” (Really?) Fun fact: Forgoing one tumble-dry cycle per week saves 170 EDUs, or enough to make 50 pairs of underpants.

+ Household Textile Environmental Impact Calculator

+ Colour Connections

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One Response to “Measure Your Wardrobe’s Environmental Impact With Free Online Tool”

  1. Brit says:

    I’m fashionably underweight with 417.10! I feel good. I think it is because all of the clothes that I dump — or at least most of them — are given to charity or resold at boutiques!

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