Want to get closer to the Real ARTi feeling everyday? You prefer to let the world know that you’re engaged in practical climate change solutions. One great way to do so is to show off carbon-neutral clothing from our new ARTi wear T-shirt line. Biochar sequesters CO2, the primary driver of climate change. These shirts can be purchased with biochar carbon offsets so you will know you’re wearing an item that has successfully addressed its climate change impact. You can even go an extra step beyond carbon neutral by donating to iTRApCO2 (Link). Through this initiative, we will produce more biochar than what is needed to offset the CO2 emissions coming from the production of your shirt. This is carbon negative which goes further than carbon neutral. ARTi conducted a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) on the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) involved in the production of our shirts.
The objective was to determine the amount of biochar required to mitigate the CO2 emissions associated with the manufacturing of the ARTi T-shirts and polos. We have assessments for two countries, the USA and Ecuador.
For the USA, 2 Kg of biochar is needed to mitigate the emissions from producing a T-shirt. During manufacturing, logistics and transportation, the emissions are 5.5 Kg of CO2-eq and 0.7 Kg of CO2-eq, respectively. We also included the number of emissions released during biochar production, which are 0.2 Kg of CO2-eq, in order to mitigate that footprint as well. That gives a total of around 6 Kg of CO2-eq produced*. When we add $2 to the T-shirt price, this includes the biochar cost that mitigates the CO2 emissions.
For Ecuador, 4 Kg of biochar is needed to mitigate the emissions from producing a T-shirt. During manufacturing and importation, logistics and transportation, the emissions are 10 Kg of CO2-eq and 0.7 Kg of CO2-eq, respectively. Emissions from biochar production are 0.2 Kg of CO2-eq, giving a total of around 11 Kg of CO2eq produced*. When we add $4 to the T-shirt price, this includes the biochar cost that mitigates the CO2 emissions. ARTi will manufacture the equivalent amount of biochar needed to offset all the emissions involved in the production of your T-Shirt. The biochar will be given to farmers or schools located near ARTi’s facility for use in their soil.
Since 1 Kg of biochar produced sequesters around 3 Kg of CO2-eq, for the ARTi T-shirt that you will wear in the US, the 6 Kg of CO2 emissions produced while manufacturing, can be mitigated (i.e. become carbon neutral) with 2 Kg of our biochar. It is much simpler to begin to practically sequester CO2 than you might expect. You can go a step further and become carbon negative by donating to ARTi’s iTRApCO2 initiative where we will produce biochar specifically to not just offset your emissions but to sequester more CO2 that you emit. This is what carbon negative means, which goes even further than carbon neutral.
Getting an ARTi T-shirt that is carbon-neutral is your choice. Do you want to mitigate the CO2 emissions produced during the making of your ARTi T-shirt? Just look for that option when browsing our ARTi wear shop page. And don’t forget to send us photos of you wearing our gear at ARTi@ARTi.com!
*Note: We produce 6Kg of CO2-eq during manufacturing and 6kg Of CO2-eq are sequestered by using biochar; therefore, we become carbon neutral; more biochar produced will make this t-shirt more carbon negative.
Biochar carbon sequestration calculations:
2 Kg of biochar produced x 75% organic carbon content of the biochar produced x 44/12 molar mass ratio between carbon dioxide and carbon ≅ 6 Kg CO2-eq
Emission factor of manufacturing a polyester T-shirt from article: (Link)
Emission factor of transportation: (Link)
Assumptions to calculate the importation of a T-shirt from Ecuador: (Link)
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