Textile recycling techniques - analysis of carbon footprint and energy usage - Sustainable Textiles Carbon Focus @ E2expo'
Updated : 2011
In Sweden approximately 15 kg of textile is consumed per person annually, from which 53% of the consumed textile and garments are incinerated with the aim of energy recovery. Since there is no existing textile recycling plant in Sweden, from sustainability perspective it would be beneficial to explore different textile recycling techniques and to investigate their feasibility.
This study is conducted with the aim of quantifying the energy usage and global warming potential of different textile recycling techniques in order to evaluate the environmental benefits of the different options. A Life Cycle Assessment with restricted scope is applied for quantifying the carbon footprint and energy use of suggested textile recycling techniques and comparing the results with incineration as the base case. The study evaluates existing recycling and remanufacturing processes such as Lyocell and Patagonia's recycling initiative.