Carbon footprint assessment of textile recycling in Sweden - analysis and next steps - Sustainable Textiles Carbon Focus @ E2expo'
Updated : 2014
According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, textile consumption increased by 40% between 2000 and 2009 in Sweden. Given that currently no textile recycling plant in Sweden, the aim of this document is to explore the potential environmental benefits of various recycling techniques and directing textile waste management strategies towards sustainable options.
Three different recycling techniques for a model consisting of 50% cotton and 50% polyester were identified and life cycle assessment was done and the techniques were compared to incineration, representing conventional textile treatment in Sweden. Out of the three recycling techniques studies, material reuse process exhibits the best performance with savings of 8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent and 164 GJ of primary energy per tonne of textile waste.