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dc.contributor.authorLaitala, Kirsi
dc.contributor.authorKlepp, Ingun Grimstad
dc.contributor.authorHenry, Beverley
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-25T11:12:41Z
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-30T08:21:18Z
dc.date.available2018-07-25T11:12:41Z
dc.date.available2018-08-30T08:21:18Z
dc.date.issued2018-07
dc.identifier.citationLaitala K, Klepp IG, Henry B. Does Use Matter? Comparison of Environmental Impacts of Clothing Based on Fiber Type. Sustainability. 2018;10(7):2524en
dc.identifier.issn2071-1050
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10642/6107
dc.description.abstractSeveral tools have been developed to compare the environmental impact of textiles. The most widely used are Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) and MADE-BY Fiber Benchmark. They use data from production to evaluate the environmental impacts of textiles differentiated by fiber type. The use phase is excluded from both tools. This article discusses whether there is evidence that the use of textiles differs systematically between different fiber types and examines the consequences of comparing the environmental impacts of clothing based on differences in production of fibers alone without including differences in their use. The empirical material in this paper is based on analysis of rating tools and a literature review on clothing use. It shows that fiber content contributes to the way consumers take care of and use their clothing. When use is omitted, major environmental problems associated with this stage, such as spread of microplastics, are also excluded. This one-sided focus on material production impacts also excludes the importance of product lifespans, quality, and functionality. The consequence is that short-lived disposable products are equated with durable products. Comparing dissimilar garments will not help consumers to make choices that will reduce the environmental burden of clothing. We need an informed discussion on how to use all materials in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.en
dc.description.sponsorshipNorges forskningsråd 244618 Andre: Australian Wool Innovation Ltd. (AWI)en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMDPIen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSustainability;Volume 10, Issue 7
dc.relation.uriwww.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/7/2524
dc.rightsThis is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0). Erklæringen om Open Access-lisens er hentet fra tidsskriftets nettside om artikkelen.en
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectSustainable clothingen
dc.subjectFiber propertiesen
dc.subjectClothing productionen
dc.subjectFashion consumptionen
dc.subjectEnvironmental sustainability toolsen
dc.titleDoes Use Matter? Comparison of Environmental Impacts of Clothing Based on Fiber Typeen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.typePeer revieweden
dc.date.updated2018-07-25T11:12:41Z
dc.description.versionpublishedVersionen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su10072524
dc.identifier.cristinID1598609
dc.relation.projectIDNorges forskningsråd: 244618
dc.relation.projectIDAndre: Australian Wool Innovation Ltd. (AWI)
dc.source.issn2071-1050
dc.relation.journalSustainability


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