Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Japan Sweats It Out at 82 Degrees With No Suits and Global Warming Underwear

Global Warming Underwear in Japan:
NPR: Two years ago, the Japanese government instituted a new policy that has so far trimmed more than two million tons of greenhouse gases from the country's growing emissions: Get men to stop wearing suits and ties in the summer. That way, office buildings could ease up on the air conditioning, and set temperatures at 82 degrees Fahrenheit — that's seven degrees warmer than what you might find in a typical U.S. office building.

The campaign is called "Cool Biz," and generated some initial complaints from some tie-makers, but stimulated a new industry for "global warming clothing" including the "Su su suit," a one-pound suit for $500, so light you barely know you're wearing it, and "global warming underwear" (pictured above).

Read other articles about Cool Biz here and here.


At 10/05/2007 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cool-bizz program reduces electricity use (you should have seen Koizumi-san in parliament, hilarious)

During the winter there is the warm bizz program: Put on a sweater etc.

That one really saves energy


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