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The World’s Largest Sweater Was Knitted In Turkey - And Canada Was The Inspiration
March 18, 2013
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It took 1,100 pounds of wool, 90 people, and 30 days of knitting, but the world's largest sweater is done.

The garment, which has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest ever, was knitted in Istanbul, Turkey as part of a campaign by the Turkish government to encourage people to turn down the thermostat to save on energy costs.

And the idea came from right here in Canada.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's government heard about the World Wildlife Fund's National Sweater Day, celebrated on February 7 each year in Canada, and got inspired.

The Canadian event draws attention to the fact that heating accounts for 80 per cent of residential energy use in this country.

If all of us lowered our thermostats by just two degrees this winter, the WWF says it would cut greenhouse gas emissions about as much as shutting down a 600-mega watt coal-fired power station.

And it could save a lot of money, both here and in Turkey. According to estimates, people turning down the thermostat could save Turkey up to $2 billion a year.

Of course, if anyone gets chilly, they can always take shelter under the world's largest sweater. It measures 151 feet long and 52.5 feet wide.

Via Inhabitat

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