When designing or specifying corporate clothing, it is important to consider what the full life impacts are going to be, including what happens at end-of-life (EoL ). Management at EoL varies greatly depending on what the fabric composition of the garment is. Our database is designed to give an overview of different fabric and fibre types including blends. It assesses not only fibre/fabric suitability in service (such as durability and care characteristics) but also suitability of different EoL options.
The following options are discussed:
This is one of the best options, retaining both the embodied energy and resources of the product and requiring minimum input. Suitable fabrics are durable and easy-care.
Homogenous material composition is most suitable for recycling, with varying levels of suitability depending on the process of recycling undertaken.
Composting is another recovery option with natural, biodegradable textiles being broken down to make a soil improver. This is not yet a widely available EoL option within the UK, as typical fabrics are unable to break down quickly enough.
The disposal of garments is seen as a last resort, only to be considered if all other options are unsuitable.
Click on the following fabrics for concise data, or full (printable) information is available in the pdf report.
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