the fast fashion sad reality
The fashion industry accounts for up to 10% of global environmental impacts, because of it's water use, chemical pollution, CO2 emissions and textile waste. (source)
Of the 150 billion new clothing items put on the market every year, 25% of that remains unworn (source)
Globally, around 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles (source)
This is the scary amount of water the fast fashion industry uses to produce:
for just 1kg of cotton.
for a pair of jeans.
to make one cotton shirt.
Meanwhile, here at Giró we only use 20L
of water to produce 1kg of dyed alpaca yarn.
That corresponds a 0,1% of what it takes to make 1kg of cotton.
why our alpaca fiber
is a better choice
In contrast to goats and sheep, which have sharp hooves that damage the soil, alpacas don't damage the pasture. They only nibble the tops of grasses, not ripping plants out of the ground, allowing the habitat to remain intact.
Apart from that, the efficiency of alpacas is especially notable considering that they require much less food intake than most other fibre-producing livestock. Cashmere goats, for example, require at least two times the amount of dry grass that alpacas need to produce 1kg of clean fibre (source).
our energy footprint
the industrial production
The amount of electrical energy required to produce a cotton XL basic t-shirt is 1.808Kwh - considering planting, harvesting, spinning of yarns, chemicals processment, and weaving the garment (source).
our artesenal production
Everything we do here in Giró is 100% handmade,
so there is really no electricity directly involved in production (not even in taking care of our alpacas, dyeing the yarn or getting clothes ready for shipment).