[permaculture] How many wearings for a cotton shirt?

E. E. Mitchamore Jr emitch at att.net
Thu Jul 13 10:21:43 EDT 2006

Consumer Reports often has numbers for the average life of appliances.  I imagine that readers of this list would typically exceed that average, but it should be a useful benchmark, nevertheless.  A few years ago, using CR's numbers, I calculated that the large and small appliances ( no cars, computers or high-end entertainment systems included), typically found in a middle-class US household cost $400/month FOREVER.  That DOES NOT include operating costs - only purchase and replacement cost, and I'm sure it's much higher now.

E. E. "Mitch" Mitchamore
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sharon Gordon 
  To: permaculture 
  Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 6:40 AM
  Subject: [permaculture] How many wearings for a cotton shirt?

  I am trying to figure out how long things last to plan for future needs. I have an idea on some of them, and no idea on others. I'd appreciate your input on how long things last if they are the same or different. Assume items are of good quality to start with.  And if you just have ideas on a few of them, please let me know those.  No need to have data on the whole list. :-)

  The number(s) on the right  reflect the number of days of use.

  Cotton Tshirt, 150-250
  Cotton polo shirt, 250
  Cotton oxford type shirt--worn for heavy yard work, 
  Cotton oxford type shirt--worn for office work/school,
  Cotton sweatshirt, 
  Linen shirt--worn for heavy yard work, 
  Linen shirt--worn for office work, 
  Silk dress shirt, 
  Cotton jeans or heavy work pants, 100
  Cotton pants or skirts--worn for office work/school, 250
  Cotton shorts/woven,
  Cotton sweatpants,
  Cotton sweater,
  Wool sweater,
  Cotton women's everyday underwear,
  Silk women's everday underwear,
  Cotton men's everyday underwear briefs,
  Cotton men's boxers,
  Cotton women's bras,
  Cotton women's bras with wires,
  Cotton sheets, 3650
  Cotton bath towel, 1460-2190
  Cotton dish towel, 600
  Cotton dish washing cloth, 180
  Cotton napkin/serviette,
  Cotton quilted comforter, 3650
  Wool blanket,
  Cotton baby blanket, 1460
  Cotton diaper/nappies,
  Leather work gloves 365Y, 90
  Leather cold weather gloves,
  Cotton knitted gloves or mittens,
  Wool knitted gloves or mittens,
  Hiking/work shoes, 90-180
  Office/school shoes, 
  Cotton jacket,
  Wool suit,
  Silk suit,
  Wool coat,
  Cotton socks,
  Wool socks,
  Leather belt,
  Cotton sneakers,
  Leather sandals,
  Leather dress shoes,
  and please feel free to list other basic items that you have or would like info on

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