Water in Textiles and Fashion

Water in Textiles and Fashion

Consumption, Footprint, and Life Cycle Assessment

1st Edition - November 26, 2018

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  • Editor: Subramanian Muthu
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081026335
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081026540

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Water in Textiles and Apparel: Consumption, Footprint, and Life Cycle Assessment provides a thorough analysis of one of the most urgent issues facing the textiles industry. As water is essential to the textile production system, and as availability of water is reduced due to natural and anthropogenic factors, the industry must respond. With a thorough treatment of both life cycle assessment and water footprint perspectives, this book provides practical strategies for responsible water use across the textile supply chain. Readers will learn essential information from research and industry case studies that will help them understand the textile industry’s role in this issue.

Key Features

  • Combines different perspectives, life cycle assessment, government policies, businesses strategies, and case studies to provide a holistic view on the topic
  • Addresses water consumption in every life cycle phase of textile production
  • Explores emerging strategies for water conservation in the textiles sector


Environmental, quality, and operations managers of textile companies. Postgraduates and researchers in disciplines including textiles, fashion, apparel, textile chemistry, environmental science, chemistry, and printing technology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction – Water
    2. Global Scenario – Water in Textile Production Hubs
    3. Water and Textiles
    4. Water Footprint
    5. LCA and Water Footprint
    6. Water Withdrawal and Conservation – Global Scenario
    7. Sustainable Strategies and Water Conservation
    8. Water Footprint/Consumption of Textile Products – Case Studies
    9. Water Conservation Measures in Textiles
    10. Future – Water and Fashion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 214
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: November 26, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081026335
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081026540

About the Editor

Subramanian Muthu

Dr Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu holds a PhD in Textiles Sustainability from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is well known for his contributions in the field and has extensive academic and industrial experience. He has got an extensive publication list of over 85 scientific books and over 100 research publications to his credit. He is currently Director & Head of Sustainability for SgT & API, based in Hong Kong. He has over a decade's working experience in the area of Textiles & Clothing sustainability. He has worked with Industries in Asia and Europe for various Sustainability aspects. He is an Editor, Editorial Board member and a Reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals in textiles and environmental sciences. He is one of the Directors of the Textile and Bioengineering Informatics Society (TBIS), a charitable organization created to foster, develop, and promote all aspects of science and technology in bioengineering of materials, fibers and textiles.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director & Head of Sustainability, SgT & API, Hong Kong

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