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HML TEXTILE GUIDES

Textiles & Climate

Polyester is the most commonly produced textile in the world. It is also petroleum-based. The textile industry is currently responsible for 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.1 The first step to reduce the textile industry’s carbon footprint should be to shift away from using fibers made by highly extractive industries.

To significantly reduce the textile industry’s carbon emissions, we should support textiles made using cleaner energy, such as solar or wind, and use regenerative agriculture practices over a continued reliance on fossil fuels.

1 Ellen MacArthur Foundation, A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future, (2017, http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications)

DESIGN STRATEGIES

Divest & Define Energy Criteria

50% of energy consumed in the textile manufacturing process is due to inefficient machinery and the use of heat-intensive chemical treatments. Energy-efficient solutions would lower the textile industry’s energy consumption.

Invest in Local Carbon Cycles

It is critical to understand how textile production affects the local community and their ecosystems. We should prioritize local growers and producers, and consider energy use and practices, at every stage of the supply chain.

“Plants are also integral to reweaving the connection between land and people. A place becomes a home when it sustains you, when it feeds you in body as well as spirit. To recreate a home, the plants must also return.” Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Key Product Considerations:

  • Was the textile’s manufacturing powered by fossil fuels or clean energy?
  • Was the energy source behind the textile’s production from clean energy sources?
  • If it’s a bio-fabricated textile, how energy intensive was it’s production?
  • Does the manufacturer participate in climate restoration initiatives such as regenerative agriculture?
  • How energy intensive is the production of the textile?

What is your Fashion Footprint?

Environmental Product Declaration

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

These products are a few of many that promote climate friendly impacts.

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