Background of CoolMode

Knowing “CoolMode”

“CoolMode” represents the label certifying cool, comfortable and easy-to-clean clothes. Wearing   “CoolMode” clothes can help reducing energy use in air conditioners and washing machines as well as reducing water consumption.  The “CoolMode” clothes can be made from natural, synthetic or mixed fibers which demonstrate its ability in sweat adsorption and good ventilation (breathable), and increasing cool and comfort wearing through innovations, such as fiber technology and biotech finishing technology in order to reduce human skin temperature.  The “CoolMode” clothes shall also comply with the relevant standards to ensure its durability and safety for the consumer.  

 

How “CoolMode” helps reducing global warming impacts:

As the materials used for “CoolMode” clothing deliver breathable characteristics; thus wearing “CoolMode” clothes is more cool and comfortable than wearing ordinary clothes and can help changing consumer behavior in using the air conditioners resulting in less energy consumption which can consequently reduce its GHG emissions as well.   

In large cities, energy used in the air conditioning system represents approximately 60 percent of the total electricity consumption.  Accordingly, the modern design of many buildings requires more air conditioning; people working in those buildings need to lower indoor air temperature by utilizing the air conditioners as their formal wear involves many pieces of clothing, such as suit or jacket made from fabrics not appropriate for warm weather.  Thus, wearing breathable, cool and comfort “CoolMode” clothes as their uniforms can help changing behavior for living indoor at comfortable -25°C temperature which can reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions and global warming, in consequence.

The Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) or TGO in collaboration with the Thailand Textile Institute or THTI (under Ministry of Industry) and textile manufacturers have initiated the development and promotion of a Climate Friendly label for Clothing or “CoolMode” project which aims to,

  1. Promote safety and climate friendly clothing that can help reducing GHG emissions from electricity consumption of air conditioning.
  2. Raise awareness of manufacturers, distributors, consumers and relevant government agencies on participating in reducing global warming through a promotion of climate friendly clothing in order to reduce energy consumption from air conditioning in office buildings and households. 
  3. Promote climate friendly textile and garment market which helps creating and strengthening the Thai textile and garments industry to be more resilient among global competition.

 

More than cool and comfort, “CoolMode” has also delivered safety for health and environment:

User safety is one of the most important considerations of “CoolMode”. Other than the concern on global warming, “CoolMode” certified clothes shall comply with further requirements on quality and safety, including prohibition on the use of carcinogenic/heavy metal-containing substances in the production processes, durability and dimensional stability after washing, and color fastness, in accordance with National Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards.  this compliance, the “CoolMode” Clothes have been included in the Government Green Procurement.

 

Office’s global warming contributions by applying “CoolMode”

Currently, many organizations recognize the importance of cost reduction from energy efficiency and reduction of their GHG emissions in consequence. Therefore, many of those organizations apply “CoolMode” clothes as their uniforms for both routine operations and specific events such as running event. 

On February 14 each year, TGO holds an annual award ceremony for organizations that are certified, and apply and promote “CoolMode” clothes. TGO extends its invitation to eligible organizations which apply “CoolMode” for their uniforms or clothes on specific events.

 

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