Grade Your Closet: Textile Impact Calculator
This Textile Impact Calculator, from UK group Colour Connections, is probably one of the only fun ways I can think of to learn just how much your bulging closet is costing the planet. Seriously though, consumer information about the environmental impact of different fabrics is pretty slim and not to mention convoluted. Cotton, it seems, is more environmentally harmful over the course of its life span because it’s often machine-dried [thanks to commenter for clarifying this!]. Polyesters can be hang-dried more easily. But, you know, they’re made of fossil fuels. Anyway, I think it’s helpful to just think of our closets’ overall impact instead of just focusing on each garment. Because, well, the fashion industry works on a huge scale not on a per-garment scale.
Using these simple inputs to get an overall score makes the whole concept less daunting. Hopefully they’ll add more categories soon. It’s kind of distasteful that the main landing page shows scores as either Fashionably Unfashionable, Underweight, Overweight, and Obese, considering the first two categories are for those who aren’t consuming a lot. But, hey, every effort counts! Have fun. Let me know what grade you receive and if you think it was a fair assessment.