Private label denim
Denim, especially blue jeans, is the biggest single textile product type sold around the world. This is because of its popularity in all geographic regions, social strata and age groups. The production chain is optimized for bulk production and with the capacity to meet this global demand. This means that the overall environmental impact of denim or blue jeans manufacture is significant. Improvements in each step of denim or blue jeans production offer potentially significant reductions in overall environmental impact as well as cost saving for the industry.
The first stage is critical in establishing the boundaries of the LCA, for example whether the study includes all production, distribution and use stages for the product from ‘cradle to grave’, including how finished products are used and then disposed of by consumers.
Inventory analysis includes categories such as energy requirements,
- raw material needs,
- emissions (to air,
- water and land)
and waste related to production of raw material and finished products.
Life cycle impact assessment evaluates the potential environmental impacts of a product throughout its life, whilst interpretation identifies the most significant types of impact and makes recommendations for improvement.
It was observed that the greatest opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of a new or existing product occurs during the design phase of its life cycle. Therefore, the primary objective of this LCA approach was to provide designers and developers with the information they need to produce more sustainable products.
A secondary objective was to provide a scientific method to support any claims of environmental improvement of products. Although not an initial objective of this effort, it was later realized that the methodology also provides a rigorous means to communicate environmental performance to suppliers.
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