Measuring the Eco Foot-print in Textiles http://www.fibre2fashion.com/industry-article/29/2825/measuring-the-eco-foot-print-intextiles1.asp
Article Abstract: Every textile item releases effluents that are harmful to the
environment. Fabrics made in eco-friendly way replaces the normal products. If not otherwise, replacing them with low impact products can also attempt to improve the situation. There is an industry need for identifying, and comparing the environmental impact of textile products, and processes. EcoMetrics is a simple web based tool that can be used for this process. EcoMetrics, the web tool makes objective assessments of the products, and processes involved in textile making. It is a web-based interface, which makes results accessible. Generally, there are four major environmental key factors associated with the making of textiles; Water, Energy, Pollution, and Use of non-renewable resources. Assessment is done based on the four key issues. Units called Environmental Damage Units are developed which allows calculation of the total effect of textiles or the process used. High scores are given to processes that have a colossal impact (such as using non-renewable resources for polyester), and similarly low scores are given to processes with less or no impact (like water in yarn spinning). EcoMetrics is for pro environment people, and businesses. It is a powerful tool for buyers, and producers highlighting the benefits of eco-initiatives, and also motivating people to think about the impacts caused throughout the production process.
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