But 1000km in a petrol car is a lot, isn't it?
Yes, it may seem like a lot. But it's important to put these figures into perspective in order to understand them and know how to interpret them. While we use this assessment to measure and reduce the impact of our products, it has also been designed as a tool to help you make the right choices when you buy.
At present, the environmental assessment of our products is only displayed on our textile products. Our aim is to be able to offer you this figure for our entire range.
To help you understand, we're going to compare the average impact of products other than textiles. As you can imagine, the manufacture of a bicycle has a much greater impact than that of a T-shirt. This can be explained by the materials used to design it (and in particular the quantity, and therefore its final weight), by the manufacturing process, and by the actions required to maintain it. On average, for a 'basic' T-shirt (i.e. with no specific technical features) its impact will be around 8.79 kg CO2e. For a bicycle, the average is closer to 96 kg CO2e (depending of course on the model).
To help you see things more clearly, here are some average impacts per product: - Plastic bottle: 1.13 kg CO2e - Helmet: 3.77 kg CO2e - T-shirt: 8.79 kg CO2e - Shoes: 12.28 kg CO2e - Backpack: 19.38 kg CO2e - Trousers: 20.29 kg CO2e - Jacket: 30.70 kg CO2e - Bike: 96 kg CO2e
It may be worth taking other criteria into account. For a bicycle, for example, its lifespan is much longer than that of a T-shirt (our grandparents' bicycles that we have fun restoring are proof of this!). As well as being repaired hundreds of times, it can also become your everyday mobility tool, helping you to reduce your own carbon footprint.