Sustainability Hot Spots assessment in ready-made garment industry - Projects
Updated : October 2020
This report provides in detail the findings of two case studies which have been developed to assess the Sustainability Hot Spots (SHS) in the value chain of two different ready-made garments (RMG).
The case studies involved a detailed analysis of the sustainability issues in a T-shirt and a pair of jeans from raw material to end of life, i.e. from the cotton fields in India and Turkey to the incineration and recycling in the EU. In both case studies, the SHS were identified by employing the Planetary Boundaries and the social foundation as the underlying theoretical framework. The study was carried out by a mix of interviews with valuechain stakeholders and field visits.
Results showed that in both cases, the raw materials and fabric production phases scored higher in Sustainability Hot Spots indicating the need for immediate sustainable actions. Further, with regard to climate change, transportation seemed to be less contributing compared to consumer use phase, although the fact of long distance transportation existed.