Sustainable Textiles Carbon Focus @ E2expo

Decarbonizing the textile industry can contribute handsomely to global GHG emission reduction efforts - by over 1 billion tons CO2-equivalent per annum, according to some estimates.

Across its value chain, the industry presents a number of points at which CO2 and other GHG emissions can be reduced - some of them low-hanging and others requiring innovations and investment.

The Carbon Focus section at E2Expo provides a context for the industry to appreciate the possibilities in, and current efforts towards, decarbonizing the sector.

2020

Decarbonization strategies in the global fashion industry - current status and recommendations

With the challenges of fashion fashion in mind, it has never been more important to explore the emissions status quo and to understand in detail how various decarbonisation scenarios may play out.

This report presents an analysis on...

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2020

Guidance on apparel and footwear sector by WRI and Science-based Targets Initiative

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) aims to mobilize companies across the apparel and footwear value chain to set ambitious SBTs. The guidance refines existing corporate strategies by clarifying which target-setting methods are applicable ...

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2020

Novel catalyst for carbon footprint reduction in textile manufacturing

WeylChem Catexel manufactures a catalyst that can reduce the bleaching temperature of cotton. WeylChem Catexel has been working with the textile industry to enact positive change since the launch of the WeylCat Pegasus catalyst in 2011.&...

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2020

Eco-friendly practices in textile value chain in Turkey - a review

Turkey’s first and most comprehensive “Conference for Sustainability in Textiles” was held at Istanbul. Hosted by Orbit Consulting and Kipas Textiles, the Sustainability Talks brought together the pioneers of the textile industry in Turkey a...

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2020

Cogeneration system for energy saving and CO2 emission reduction: a case study of Thailand textile factory

Thailand has many textile factories of which the complete value chain consists of upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. The textile factory in this case is categorized as a midstream sector and has been consuming final energy in terms o...

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2020

Corporate biodiversity strategy guide for resilient fashion supply chain

Businesses need to create new strategies that will transform their relationship with nature, safeguarding their operations while at the same time taking responsibility for their impacts on the natural world. This paper focuses on the practica...

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2020

Low carbon, molecular recycled plastic textile fibres

Eastman Chemicals, the producer of cellulose based Naia fibres has launched a new portfolio called Naia Renew, made from cellulose and recycled plastics. The fibre comprises 60% cellulose sourced from certified wood pulp and 40% hard-to-recycle pl...

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2020

Absolute emissions reduction a key towards carbon neutrality in fashion

This article stresses the importance of carbon reduction methods rather offsetting by the fashion brands in order to cope with the Paris Climate Accord. The objective is to show that fashion brands need to go beyond just GHG capturing projects and...

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2020

Allbirds brand labels its carbon footprint like calories in its products

Allbirds has become the first fashion brand to label every item produced with its carbon footprint similar to calories in food products. From now on, all the products manufactured by the brand will include a number representing the CO2 emitted to ...

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2020

New approaches to fashion footprint management

Burberry, a leading British luxury brand is innovating new approaches to fashion footprint management.

One of the approaches called carbon insetting is a concept where agroforestry or tree-planting projects are carried out directly ...

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2020

New fashion footprint calculator to change textile consumer behaviour for sustainable fashion

Textile industries and their processes have been known to contribute to increasing GHG emissions and several process efficient measures are being implemented and researched upon by industry experts. However, to make a significant shift towards sus...

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2020

Adidas and Allbirds partner to develop low-carbon impact athletic shoe

Allbirds, a sustainable shoe brand and Adidas have collaborated to develop a low carbon impact sports shoe using renewable matarial resources and innovative manufacturing practices.

According to a Quantis International study from 20...

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2020

Indian organic kidswear market - emerging investment opportunities

With growing interest from fashion consumers towards sustainable clothing, many leading brands have started focusing on sustainable textile supplychain and product tracebility offerings to the consumers. One segment that is massively influenced by...

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2020

Smart solutions for energy management - initiatives by European fashion brand Tendam Group

European leading fashion brand Tendam Group (The Cortefiel Group) has collaborated with Telefónica Empresas, a leading fashion digital solutions provider, for its smart IoT solutions for energy management in their stores. By implementing in...

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2020

Criticality of decarbonization in fashion - efforts by large brands

The fashion industry is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050. Carbon neutrality means fashion brands must both reduce their emissions where possible and offset the remainder of their footprint by funding projects to remove carbon from the atmosph...

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2020

Eight priorities for fashion executives for a sustainable fashion industry

This document articulates the eight most crucial sustainability priorities for the fashion industry, offering clear guidance on where to focus their efforts. Within these eight priorities, the CEO Agenda is divided into two key sections:...

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2020

Life cycle assessment of digital and rotary screen textile printing

Dyeing and printing are the most pollution causing processes and many novel solutions such as digital printing are emerging. This article analyses the life cycle assessment of digital printing and conventional rotary screen printing. It takes an e...

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2019

Innovative systems and business model strategies for carbon footprint reduction in the UK fashion sector

For the fashion industry to have a response commensurate with global environmental challenges, it will require a systems level change and development of a new fashion system based in a sustainability paradigm. A transformation of the fashion ...

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2019

Process-level allocation methodology for carbon footprint calculation in cotton T-shirt

Aimed at greenhouse gas reduction in the textile and apparel production process, allocation methodologies are used to calculate the carbon footprint. The current allocation methodology used is controversial as it evaluates GHG emissions only at pr...

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2019

Fashion supply chain carbon footprint reduction using Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

While many big brands and companies such as PUMA, Levi Strauss and Burberry are stepping up and setting ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), they face numerous challenges.<...

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2019

Carbon emission analysis and comparison for a T-shirt from three retail platforms

The document places a focus on the high carbon emission related to the wasteful processes in fashion. The study is based on the emission of each step in the fashion value chain by looking at kgCO2 emitted for a single T-shirt, emission per T-...

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2019

Environmental assessment of Swedish clothing consumption - recommendations for key value chain players

The aim of this work was to map and understand the current environmental impact of Swedish clothing consumption. A life cycle assessment (LCA) was used to evaluate the environmental impact of six garments: a T-shirt, a pair of jeans, a dress, a ja...

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2019

Environmental, social and ethical challenges in fashion industry - opportunities and way forward

Guiding the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report was the belief that the environmental, social and ethical challenges confronting the industry aren’t only a threat, but also a potential opportunity to recreate value for fashion busine...

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2019

Carbon footprint reduction strategies in denim manufacturing - initiatives from large brands

Denim fabric production involves toxic chemicals and hundreds of gallons of water it takes to dye and finish. Several companies such as Levi Strauss and H&M have already embedded responsible production pathways into the supply chain....

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2019

Circular and slow fashion - new business models for European textile sector

Clothing accounts for between 2 % and 10 % of the environmental impact of EU consumption. Less than half of used clothes are collected for reuse or recycling when they are no longer needed, and only 1 % are recycled into new clothes, since techno...

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2019

Absolute carbon footprint reduction in fashion - need for supply chain partnerships by brands

This interview article shares the perspectives of Linda Greer, an Environmental scientist on the current sustainability practices in the fashion industry and how partnerships with value chain suppliers play a role in truly going green and preventi...

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2019

Putting carbon neutrality into practice - initiatives by large brands and recommendations

This article shares some of the carbon neutral efforts taken by large fashion brands and says how carbon elimination from practices is critical along with offsetting to be a more sustainable brand.

Some of the leading brands moving ...

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2019

Fashion carbon footprint reduction - recommendations from WRI and Science based targets

With the growing impact of climate change due to the emissions from textile industries, many large brands have taken initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint validated by Science Based Target Initiatives. To enable the fashion brands focus on ...

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2019

VF Corporation signs fashion industry charter for climate action

VF Corporation, a leading apparel, footwear and accessories brand has signed the United Nations' Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action to engage in carbon footprint reduction activities. Through this, the brand would collaborate with more th...

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2019

Sustainable fashion commitments by leading brand PVH

PVH is one of the largest fashion brands based in US. As a commitment to reduce the global fashion carbon footprint, the company has collaborated with leading industry organizations and also developed many sustainability strategies.

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2019

Shaping the climate action trajectory within the fashion industry – a case study of a SME

The study is based on a micro level value chain analysis of an Icelandic Small-Medium Sized Enterprise (SME). This is done through a single case study investigation of an Icelandic fashion brand. A hybrid approach of a standard Life Cycle Assessme...

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2018

Baseline carbon footprint analysis of polyester T-shirt across the life cycle - a case study from Australia

The carbon footprint (CFP) of clothing supply chain reflects the GHG emissions throughout the life cycle of a product or activity, and Carbon Footprint(CFP) assessment is an important approach to assess GHG emissions.

In this study,...

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2018

Comparative life cycle assessment of three jeans manufacturing - a case study of a Swedish brand

This thesis was conducted to evaluate and compare the environmental impacts of three jeans manufactured by Nudie Jeans from a life cycle perspective and to evaluate the environmental focus at Nudie Jeans. The main focus was to find out the best en...

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2018

Textile reuse and recycling environmental impacts - current status and way forward

This paper reviews studies of the environmental impact of textile reuse and recycling, to provide a summary of the current knowledge and point out areas for further research.

Forty-one studies were reviewed, whereof 85% deal with recycli...

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2018

Milestone fashion industry charter for climate action launched

Aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement, the Charter contains the vision for the industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and defines issues that will be addressed by signatories, ranging from decarbonization of the production phase, s...

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2017

Evaluation of life cycle assessment methodology application to a wool sweater - a case study

The main aim of this work is to evaluate the application of the LCA methodology in order to obtain a tool to support the company environmental policy. The object of the analysis is the evaluation of the basic items produced a company. A simple woo...

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2017

Circular economy model strategies for redesigning fashion's future

Trends point to these negative impacts rising inexorably, with the potential for catastrophic outcomes in future. 

This report by Ellen McArthur Foundation in partnership with major multi-line and luxury retailers outlines a vision for ...

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2017

Carbon neutral and carbon zero building designs for GHG emission reduction in textiles

Textile manufacturing is highly resource intensive and contributes to high GHG emissions in all aspects - from operations to building designs. While many focus on energy consumption reduction, there are other subtle areas which could also play a r...

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2017

Energy management opportunities in textile industry - a review

This article provides a review of various energy efficient practices for a textile mill which will have a significant impact on energy management and in turn carbon emission reduction. The main role of a textile mill is yarn production by spinning...

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2016

Energy consumption and carbon footprint analysis of cotton yarn production - recommendations and way forward

This study has analysed energy inputs and related emissions of cotton yarn production, from cradle to factory gate boundary, including phases from farm, transport to ginning, ginning, transport to spinning plant and spinning and packaging. Th...

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2016

Five-year direct and indirect CO2 emissions analysis in a textile facility in Pakistan

This study is centered upon a textile facility situated in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The most attractive lot of products includes curtains, panel prints, terry towels, bed in bags, embroidery, table and sofa covers etc.

The study emphas...

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2016

GHG emission reduction strategies adopted by ASOS, a British online fashion retailer

The report sets out the strategy that is enabling ASOS make a positive contribution to raising standards within the fashion industry in the field of environmental protection and also other areas such as human and labour rights and business in...

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2016

Environmental impact assessment of wool textiles

This study focuses on basic environmental impact assessment of wool textiles as provided by Dr. Beverley Henry from Queensland University of Technology. It states that life cycle assessment method being widely accepted by ISO and other standards c...

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2015

Carbon footprint analysis of textiles across the value chain - overview and reduction strategies

Apparel being produced in one of the biggest industries in the world, textile and clothing materials are responsible for high energy usage and significant carbon footprint. Several organizations have developed standards to study the presence ...

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2015

Cotton textile chain - life cycle assessment and inventory analysis

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a systematic evaluation of the potential environmental impact and resource utilization of a product from raw material through disposal. 

The primary purpose of this project was to provide robust and up...

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2015

Corporate social responsibility for sustainable fashion - Fast fashion brand Zara's initiatives

The impact of fast fashion industry on climate change is an urging issue as climate change could threaten both the raw material availability and the production capabilities of the fast-fashion industry and ultimately affecting brand's sustainabili...

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2015

Assessment of global warming potential of two textile services

This study focuses on GHG emissions from two major textile services offered to customers in Europe - workwear and hotel bed linen. It was carried out by European Textile Services Associations (ETSA) in collaboration with a Denmark based company. T...

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2015

Sustainable livestock production: Low emission farm – The innovative combination of nutrient, emission and waste management with special emphasis on Chinese pig production

Pigs are historically and culturally the most important farm animals in China. Therefore, focus in this paper is on the mitigation potential for pigs, however, in principal each element discussed is applicable for cattle and poultry, too. The stud...

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2014

Carbon footprint assessment of textile recycling in Sweden - analysis and next steps

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 environ...

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2014

Carbon footprint reduction strategies in Indian textile value chain - an overview

The textile industry, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, is the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions. In India, polyester and cotton constitute more than 80 % of textile processing.

The document contai...

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2014

Life cycle assessment and inventory analysis of textile Industry - improvements and way forward

The overall impact on the environment by a textile product or process may be best assessed by life cycle assessment (LCA) which is a systematic scientific approach to examine the environmental impacts of the entire life cycle of a product or servi...

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2014

Environmental sustainability evaluation of apparel product: a case study on knitted T-Shirt

The work reported in this paper presents the assessment of environmental performances of selected branded apparel T-Shirt products made by Bangladesh. The study is based on a standard evaluation tool named Higg Index. The environmental design tool...

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2014

Environmental performance of digital textile printing - a case study

This case study involves a detailed life cycle assessment comparison of digital and screen printing for a cotton fabric in Finland for the cradle to gate phase of the process. Water footprint for both the methods are also assessed to suggest suita...

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2013

Cotton carbon emissions reduction using better management practices (BMPs) - an Indian case study

WWF-India is working with farmers in Warangal district to promote better management practices (BMPs) in cotton so as to reduce the environmental impact associated with the overuse of inputs and resources. WWF-India is running a pilot project to es...

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2013

Carbon assessment in jeans manufacturing from Hong Kong apparel manufacturing sector

The textile and apparel industry consume a large share of raw materials and energy consumption in their manufacturing locations. Pilot factories from the manufacturing sector of major cotton products have been invited to this case study, that...

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2013

International textile emission standards and strategies for maintaining CO2 emission threshold in apparel industry

The carbon footprint reveals how much CO2 in total is emitted along the value chain of an apparel. The same is calculated in the life cycle assessment of the clothing.

The document provides an overview regarding the various factors ...

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2013

Organic cotton market in India - role of Global Organic Textile Standard and case studies

Currently organic cotton is less than 10 per cent of total cotton production in India but with the largest number of GOTS ((Global organic textile standard) certified facilities in the world; India is the leader in both organic cotton production a...

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2013

Emerging technologies for energy efficiency and pollution mitigation in textiles

Emerging energy-efficiency, greenhouse gas (GHG), and pollution mitigation technologies will be crucial for the textile industry as it responds to population and economic growth that is expected to spur a rapid increase in textile consumption.&nbs...

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2013

Integrated pollution control in textiles - Environmental Performance Evaluation in a woven fabric manufacturing mill

Textile production processes are one of the most unsustainable contributing to CO2 emissions to a great extent. Further, the pollution control technologies available in the market present economic challenges which leads to poor adoption of sustain...

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2012

Carbon credits - An opportunity for the apparel industry

The concept of carbon credits has come into existence as a result of increasing awareness of the need for controlling emissions. These credits are measured in units of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). Carbon Credit is a type of a tradable g...

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2011

Textile recycling techniques - analysis of carbon footprint and energy usage

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 ...

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2010

Life cycle assessment of blue jeans manufacturing - recommendations and way forward

The article discusses in detail the environmental impacts of manufacturing a Levi Strauss blue jeans via a life cycle assessment across the value chain - from raw material production to end of life (landfill or recycling). Levi Strauss and Co. hav...

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2010

Low carbon economy - strategy investigation and measures in the garment industry

Low-carbon garment involves the lowest carbon emissions in the production and resource management pathways while the garment is being manufactured.

This paper reports some feasible measures for garments faced to the low-carbon ...

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Towards carbon neutrality in fashion - Gucci to invest in offsetting projects

Italian leading luxury brand Gucci has announced that it would invest millions of dollars into a 10-year programme for offsetting its carbon emissions. While the company is working on reducing carbon emissions across its valuechain, the time neede...

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