Environmental Cost of Shipping

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!