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Measure & improve the footprint of your apparel.

Whether it’s a single T-Shirt or your complete portfolio.

Measure credible environmental footprints of your products. Zoom into any part of your products, processes, or value chain. And reduce environmental impact where it really matters.

Quantify the environmental performance of your products -
on two different scales:

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Helix is the efficient product portfolio footprint tool.

  • Measure environmental footprints for all your products
  • Measure the impact of manufacturing sights & processes
  • Increase efficiency, reduce costs per footprint
  • Generate strategic environmental insights & improve
  • Validate your sustainability efforts – at scale
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Mobius is the easy product footprint solution.

  • Measure the full environmental footprint of your product
  • Benchmark your product’s sustainability performance 
  • Compare your apparel products to the mainstream
  • Full supply chain visibility & insights
  • Test designs – and validate your improvement efforts
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Our easy footprint tools are built to deliver strategic sustainable business insights - not academic research.

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Your suppliers & products constantly change. Implement every update - and access your most recent footprint data.

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Not ready to measure your footprint all on your own? Want to check if you interpreted your results correctly? Don’t worry. Our team of experienced environmental specialists can assist you in implementing our tools and answer all your questions along the way.

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Reducing the environmental footprint of apparel- starts with understanding your supply chain

What's your impact along the supply chain?

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Step 1

Fiber Production

For any piece of apparel, the first step is to produce the fiber that is used to create the product. This could be synthetic fibers, cellulose, cotton, or other natural fibers.

Cotton is sometimes referred to as the dirtiest fiber in the world – more than 16% of global insecticides are used for its production. Growing cotton for one jeans and one t-shirt takes 20.000 liters of water.

Organic cotton and other natural fibers might be a solution, but they account for less than 1% of global cotton industry.

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Step 2

Yarn Preparation

Processing the raw fibers to yarn is a process that requires a lot of energy. A lot of different machines are involved to process the unstable, irregular fibers and filament to a durable yarn.

 

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Fabric Production

The knitting and weaving of yarn into fabric is a step in the production chain that takes a comparably little amount of energy. However, almost 10% of the impact of the apparel industry occurs by producing the fabric.

 

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Step 4

Dyeing & Finishing

Dyeing and finishing accounts for more than a quarter of the footprint of the apparel industry. It is the most energy intensive stage, as dyeing has a high energy demand due to wet processes which require large amounts of heated water. Many chemicals, such as bleach, are used in this step.

 

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Step 5

Assembly

Assembling apparel accounts for only 5% of the footprint of the apparel industry. It is labor intensive, but a lot of the labor is still conducted manually, and the energy requirements of the machines are more moderate. However, the social implications of manufacturing clothing are a prominent subject of dispute.

 

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Distribution

The distribution and retail of the clothing we wear accounts only for 1% of the total footprint.

 

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Step 7

Use Phase

The consumer use phase is where the product is handled, washed, repaired, and possibly passed on. The magnitude of this phase’s impact involves assumptions about consumer behaviors, which vary widely in the real world. The main drivers are the energy and water consumption from washing, as well as energy-intensive drying.

 

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