Life Cycle Based Comparison of Textile Ecolabels

dc.contributor.authorDiekel, Felice
dc.contributor.authorMikosch, Natalia
dc.contributor.authorBach, Vanessa
dc.contributor.authorFinkbeiner, Matthias
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-10T08:16:00Z
dc.date.available2021-03-10T08:16:00Z
dc.date.issued2021-02-06
dc.date.updated2021-03-02T20:48:23Z
dc.description.abstractEnvironmental impacts of textile production increased over the last decades. This also led to an increasing demand for sustainable textiles and ecolabels, which intend to provide information on environmental aspects of textiles for the consumer. The goal of the paper is to assess selected labels with regard to their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their coverage of relevant environmental aspects over the life cycle of textiles. We applied a characterization scheme to analyse seven selected labels (Blue Angel Textiles, bluesign®, Cotton made in Africa (CMiA), Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Recycled Standard (GRS), VAUDE Green Shape), and compared their focus to the environmental hotpots identified in the product environmental footprint case study of t-shirts. Most labels focus on the environmental aspects toxicity, water use, and air emissions predominantly in the upstream life cycle phases of textiles (mainly garment production), whereas some relevant impacts and life cycle phases like water in textile use phase remain neglected. We found significant differences between the ecolabels, and none of them cover all relevant aspects and impacts over the life cycle. Consumers need to be aware of these limitations when making purchase decisions.en
dc.description.sponsorshipDFG, 414044773, Open Access Publizieren 2021 - 2022 / Technische Universität Berlinde
dc.identifier.eissn2071-1050
dc.identifier.urihttps://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/12769
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-11569
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subject.ddc333 Boden- und Energiewirtschaftde
dc.subject.othertextile life cycleen
dc.subject.otherenvironmental aspectsen
dc.subject.otherecolabelen
dc.subject.othersustainable textilesen
dc.titleLife Cycle Based Comparison of Textile Ecolabelsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber1751en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.3390/su13041751en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.issue4en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleSustainabilityen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameMDPIen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBaselen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume13en
tub.accessrights.dnbfreeen
tub.affiliationFak. 3 Prozesswissenschaften>Inst. Technischen Umweltschutz>FG Technischer Umweltschutz / Sustainable Engineeringde
tub.affiliation.facultyFak. 3 Prozesswissenschaftende
tub.affiliation.groupFG Technischer Umweltschutz / Sustainable Engineeringde
tub.affiliation.instituteInst. Technischen Umweltschutzde
tub.publisher.universityorinstitutionTechnische Universität Berlinen
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