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What's the environmental impact of your apparel?

This is the average impact based on our apparel customers.

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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. It’s a stage that can take up to 12% of your product’s total footprint.

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 10.000 liters of water on average.

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


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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. Processing yarn can take up to 23 % of your product’s total footprint.


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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, we often see that almost 10% of the impact of the apparel occurs in producing the fabric.

Fabric production_Apparel_Impact


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Dyeing & Finishing

Dyeing and finishing accounts for more than 28% of the footprint of the apparel. 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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We see that assembling apparel usually 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.

Assembly phase_Apparel_Impact


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


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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. However, many sources- including our own customers; show this can make up to 23% of your product’s total footprint! The main drivers are the energy and water consumption from washing, as well as energy-intensive drying.


Apparel: Use phase_impact


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