Assessing the Environmental Impact of Textiles and the Clothing Supply Chain - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128197837

Assessing the Environmental Impact of Textiles and the Clothing Supply Chain

2nd Edition

Authors: Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
Paperback ISBN: 9780128197837
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st February 2020
Page Count: 230
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Table of Contents

  1. The Textile Supply Chain and its Environmental Impact
    2. Ways of Measuring the Environmental Impact of Textile Processing: an Overview
    3. Textile Processing and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods for Calculating the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) of Textile Products
    4. Calculating the Water and Energy Footprints of Textile Products
    5. Textile Processing and Resource Depletion: Calculating the Ecological Footprint of Textile Products
    6. Estimating the Overall Environmental Impact of Textile Processing: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Textile Products
    7. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) Modelling of Textile Products
    8. End-of-life Management of Textile Products
    9. Measuring the Environmental Impact of Textiles in Practice: Calculating the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Particular Textile Products
    10. Assessing the Environmental Impact of Textiles: Summary and Conclusions
    11. Recent Advancements in Measuring Environmental Impact of Textiles and Clothing Supply Chain


Assessing the Environmental Impact of Textiles and the Clothing Supply Chain 2e is a fully updated practical guide on how to identify and respond to environmental challenges across the supply chain. This new edition features updates to important data on environmental impacts and their measurements, sustainable use of water and electricity, and new legislation, standards, and schemes.

The first chapters provide an introduction to the textile supply chain and its environmental impact, and an overview of the methods used to measure this impact. The book goes on to consider different environmental impacts of the industry including greenhouse gas emissions, the water and energy footprint of the industry and depletion of resources as well as the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) to assess the overall environmental impact of the textile industry. It then deals with the practice of measuring these impacts before forming a conclusion about the environmental impact of the industry.

Assessing the environmental impact of textiles and the clothing supply chain will be a standard reference for R&D managers in the textile industry and academic researchers in textile science.

Key Features

  • Provides a holistic view of the sustainability issues that affect the textile value chain
  • Explains ways to calculate the textile industry’s use of resources, its impact on global warming and the pollution and waste it generates
  • Reviews the key methods for the reduction of the environmental impact of textile products, and how they are implemented in practice
  • Includes methods for calculating product carbon footprints (PCFs), ecological footprints (EFs) and life cycle assessment (LCA)


Sustainability managers and life cycle assessment professionals in the textiles and fashion sector


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About the Authors

Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu Author

Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu is Eco-Design Consultant at SGS Hong Kong Limited. He completed his doctoral research study at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Sustainability, SgT Group and API, Hong Kong