Carbon's Impact on Our World
Carbon footprint refers to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are released into the earth's atmosphere as a form of CO2 or other harmful organic compounds (i.e. N2O and CH4). Increased use of fossil fuels and carbon-emitting resources causes a rise in CO2 concentration in the earth's upper atmosphere.
Before the use of fossil fuels in everyday activity, carbon would naturally release into the atmosphere through the decay of dead organisms, volcanic eruptions, and forest fires. The natural release of CO2 creates an equilibrium where a balance between thermal radiation absorption and reflection would occur.
Due to the significant contribution from human activity, CO2 is increasingly released into our atmosphere. The problem associated with CO2 is that it absorbs and radiates thermal energy. Because of the increased amount of CO2 in the atmosphere due to human activity, CO2 is absorbing more radiation, gradually heating the planet.
CO2's exposure to our outer atmosphere poses a threat because it contributes to almost 70% of the earth's temperature equilibrium imbalance. It is unique in that it absorbs wavelengths of thermal energy that other organic compounds do not.
The Other GHG's
Although CO2 is the most well-known and significant GHG, there are other GHG's that contribute to the atmospheric breakdown.
One of the most harmful GHG is Nitrous Oxide (N2O). Compared to CO2, N2O is 300 times more potent, also contributing to Ozone depletion.
N2O is a byproduct of nylon, a stretchable and silky material used for athletic apparel. During the manufacture of nylon, adipic acid is reacted with hexamethylene diamine. This chemical reaction creates N2O. Many scientists believe that 10% of the increase in N2O comes directly from the textile production of nylon.
Why We Care
CO2 and N2O are important to us because they are byproducts of textile production. Anova Athletica was founded on creating sustainable athletic apparel that lowers GHG emission contribution while providing functional performance gear.
The use of synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon are on the rise, increasingly adding to the world's carbon cap. Our goal is to promote a lower carbon footprint by using recycled and organic materials.