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Ecolabels as drivers of clothing design
Swerea IVF. (Chemical Environmental Science, Chalmers University of Technology)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering. (Ekoteknik; Ecotechnology)
(Chemical Environmental Science, Chalmers University of Technology)
2015 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 99, 345-353 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, the textile industry has worked to reduce its negative social and environmental im-pacts. Identifying and addressing important sustainability considerations already in the clothing designare of increasing importance in the continuation of this work. Many companies look to ecolabellingschemes as means to set performance criteria and to demonstrate progress to customers. This studyinvestigates the connection between ecolabels and clothing design from the perspective of moving thegarment industry towards sustainability. Information gathered from literature was aligned and con-trasted with interviews conducted with employees of garment companies in Sweden, and the materialwas analysed using a life-cycle perspective. The results reveal that the clothing design process currentlyonly marginally influences clothing's sustainability performance by applying ecolabelling criteria. For amore sustainable textile industry there is a need to expand the expertise and information already in thedesign process regarding sustainability of theirfinished products. Such a change is only possible if thedesigners can be guided by a clear vision of design for sustainability for the company they work in.

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2015. Vol. 99, 345-353 p.
Keyword [en]
Ecolabels, clothing design, information for customers, value chain
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Environmental Engineering Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25012DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.086ISI: 000356195000030Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84929289491OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25012DiVA: diva2:815342
Available from: 2015-05-29 Created: 2015-05-29 Last updated: 2015-08-12Bibliographically approved

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