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The potential of LCA : can the fashion industry calculate its way to sustainability? (Yes it can)

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QUOTES “The most commonly used method to generate quantitative data on the environmental impact of products and processes is LCA (life Cycle Assessment).” “For the fashion industry to research the environmental impact of its products, several simplified commercial tools have been developed many based on LCA methodology or data. Some examples of these tools are; The Higg Index by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Making app by Nike, Environmental Benchmark for Fibers by Made-By, and the Ecotool by Modint.” “Even though recent developments and studies have focused on the integration of LCA methodology, the fashion industry is lacking a strong vision on how to measure the environmental impact of its products to make effective, sustainable strategies.” “[…] the complexity of the fashion supply chain due to the remarkable geographical diversity and the number of processes steps is a problem in collecting the required quality [LCA] data.” RESEARCH QUESTION What is the practical relevance of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology in the transition towards a sustainable fashion industry? SUB QUESTIONS: 1. How is LCA methodology currently used to improve sustainability in the fashion industry? 2. What are the limitations and benefits of LCA methodology used in the fashion industry? 3. What is the potential positive and negative impact of implementing an LCA-based methodology in the fashion industry? ARTICLE The result of this research is an article to be published on an online news platform, such as Fashion United or Business of Fashion, focused on the entire fashion industry to reach a broad audience which may or may not be interested in sustainability. The article advises the fashion industry on how to use LCA to create more sustainable apparel products and supply chains and stresses the potential of integrating LCA.

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
AfdelingMedia, Creatie en Informatie
Jaar2017
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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