Our Carbon Footprint

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Climate change science may be dismal, but there’s so much we can still do to adapt and mitigate.

We have incredible power as citizens, whether or not we’re politically engaged. We make political choices every day on how to spend our money, what brands to support, and the type of information we choose to absorb.

Adopting more conscious behaviours in our daily lives can reduce the average person’s carbon footprint by two tonnes a year!


 
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Carbon Footprint per person per country

Data from international panels of experts and climate scientists compares the contributions to climate change by country. By and large, industrialised and developed countries contribute the most, while less industrialised, relatively poorer developing countries are the ones most vulnerable to its effects.

To give you an example of the average person’s carbon footprint per year (in metric tonnes):

  • 0.1: Madagascar

  • 0.3: Haiti and Kenya

  • 1.7: India

  • 5: Spain

  • 6.5: United Kingdom

  • 16.5: United States

Fast Fashion’s Carbon Footprint

Fast fashion (cheap, low-quality clothing found in most high street shops) has a huge carbon footprint, not to mention its devastating human impact. More on that elsewhere in the blog!

From the chemical pesticides used to grow conventional cotton, to the synthetic dyes that pollute waterways, to the huge costs of transport, there are so many ways to make it better.

We’re proud to have carefully developed our green policy over many years, to think through each stage of production and bring you pieces that are as disruptive to our planet as possible.

Conventional cotton is infamously disruptive to the planet, using tons of water and harmful pesticides.   We exclusively use organic cotton though, which uses up to 50% fewer resources, and zero chemicals.

Conventional cotton is infamously disruptive to the planet, using tons of water and harmful pesticides.

We exclusively use organic cotton though, which uses up to 50% fewer resources, and zero chemicals.

So what does that mean for our daily habits? Here are some things you can do today:

  • Support local clothing businesses, even if that’s within your own continent. Find out where your clothes were made, and who made them. Fashion has an incredible effect on the planet - 10% of greenhouse gases globally! - so just think of the power of your choices.

  • Cut down your consumption of meat, especially red meat. Try going meat-free for a day. If that’s too difficult, even switching to white meat can make a huge impact.

  • Switch to energy-saving lightbulbs in just one room in your house, and see how it goes. This can reduce your footprint by about 20% a year!

  • Buy your groceries locally - and seasonally. This means your fruit and vegetables won’t need to be grown artificially and won’t need to use up extra fossil fuel energy. Buying locally also means cutting down on a lot of harmful pollution from international freights - and you will support your local economy. Besides, everything tastes better when it’s seasonal!

Syra Brownlock is a carbon-neutral brand.

That means that for every ounce of energy used at any stage of our production, we offset our footprint by contributing to reforestation and conservation efforts.

We calculate each purchase’s production and shipping footprint, and use up to 15% of the cost of your piece to offset its impact on the planet.

This is in addition to our sustainable production policies, such as refusing chemically-treated fabrics, dyes and materials.

Everything we use is:

  1. Made using certified organic or sustainable fabrics,

  2. Biodegradable and compostable within five months,

  3. Made using natural dyes which keep waterways clean,

  4. Packaged in biodegradable and/or compostable materials

Shop our range of bespoke, sustainable clothing here!