Why is RefScale important?
At Reformation we think about all the costs in creating fashion—not just the price tag.
We share this information on every product page of our website and tell you what impact each garment has on the environment, and how it reduces these impacts compared to most clothes bought in the US. This way we all get to see the total cost of fashion so you can make empowered choices. And we can keep creating better solutions when it comes to making clothes, like how we source.
What impacts do we measure?
Production emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which pollute our atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Cotton, leather, and other raw materials grown in industrial farms create huge energy footprints. Polyester, nylon, and other petroleum-based fabrics emit harmful volatile organic compounds and nitrous oxide - a greenhouse gas almost 300x more potent than CO2.
Manufacturing textiles is very water intensive. Processes like cultivating crops, extracting and cleaning the fiber, spinning it into yarn and weaving yarn into textiles. Producing one pair of jeans uses over 9,000 gallons of water¹.
Over 95% of clothing thrown away in the US can be recycled or reused, but sadly more than 85% ends up in landfills²³. On average, 15% of fabric gets wasted on the cutting room floor. That adds up to a lot of perfectly good fabric sent to landfills.