Facts from “Let My People Go Surfing” by Patagonia CEO founder Yvon Chouinard:
- from raw materials it costs 110,000 BTUs to make a Patgonia shirt
- shipping it airfreight from Ventura, CA to a store in Boston costs 50,000 BTUs
And generically, cost to ship per ton:
- Rail or boat: 400 BTUs per ton per mile
- Truck: 3,300 BTUs per ton per mile
- Air cargo: 21,760 BTUs per ton per mile
If you’re buying over the internet and have time to spare – ship it ground!