Eco-warriors, we have just the game for you…

Question – have you ever randomly wondered exactly how much your wardrobe is impacting the planet? Earlier this year online thrift store ThredUp launched a useful tool that calculates just how much your fashion habits impact the environment, based on what’s in your wardrobe. The newly debuted Fashion Footprint Calculator by ThredUP and Green Story involves answering 11 questions, starting with how many items customers buy each year, whether you use rental platforms and how many times you return online-bought clothing items. It also asks users about laundry habits, whether they dry clean, and if they ever purchase from sustainable fashion brands. Using this information, the calculator then identifies your individual fashion footprint and compares it to the average consumer, who contributes a whopping 1,620 pounds of carbon emissions per year only through their fashion choices.
The company’s new Fashion Footprint Calculator also shares the best ways to reduce that footprint, with explanations about how these actions make a direct impact. The fashion industry produces more harmful carbon emissions than the aviation and shipping industries combined. New apparel production releases 4M tons of harmful carbon emissions annually, contributing more than 8% of global greenhouse emissions. We all know that the single best thing we can do for the planet is consume less and reuse more, and we love this tool because it both educates and provides advice on how we can all do better. The calculator makes the problems we face on our individual quests to be eco-warriors a little less challenging. Take a look.