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SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING ROADMAP: Mapping of evidence of sustainable development impacts that occur in life cycles of clothing, PLUS 2 reports on sustainable clothing in India funded by the Sustainable Development Dialogue - EV02028

To support the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap (http://defraweb/environment/consumerprod/products/clothing.htm), this project is a desk top study of existing evidence to determine the sustainability impacts that occur across the life cycle and supply chain of clothing, existing interventions, gaps in evidence and recommendations for improving sustainability performance of clothing. The life cycle stages include raw materials (growth, acquisition and processing), fibre production (natural and synthetic), clothing production, garment assembly, packaging, distribution/retail, use and end of life were considered. There is a significant volume of evidence (UK and international) on the environmental and social impacts of clothing which has been drawn on for this project.
The project aims were to-
•Identify the sustainability impacts (environmental and social) across the lifecycle of clothing based on existing evidence;
•Assess the robustness, uncertainties and Identify gaps in the impacts evidence;
•Make recommendations on further research required on lifecycle impacts of clothing;
•Review and assess the effectiveness of existing interventions to improve the sustainability performance of clothing and make recommendations on where UK interventions could make a significant improvement.


IN ADDITION to the reports produced by this project, this webpage also holds two reports commissioned through the Sustainable Development Dialogue.

1) Promoting Sustainable Indian Textiles - a Defra funded project run by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London, and Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi, promoting Indian sustainable textiles.

2) The Eco-efficiency of Indian Dyehouses - a Defra funded project run by Colour Connections demonstrating the environmental and business case for eco-efficiency in dyehouses supplying the UK clothing market.

Project Documents
• Final Report : ADDITIONAL REPORT: Eco-efficiency of Indian Dyehouses   (1461k)
• Final Report : ADDITIONAL REPORT: Promoting Sustainable Indian Textiles   (4502k)
• Final Report : Mapping of Evidence on Sustainable Development Impacts that Occur in the Life Cycles of Clothing   (4089k)
• Final Report - Annex : A1 - Literature Review Tables - Environmental Impacts   (235k)
• Final Report - Annex : A2 Literature Review Tables - Social Impacts   (235k)
• Final Report - Annex : B Technological Developments   (39k)
• Final Report - Annex : C Initiatives   (154k)
• Final Report - Annex : D Reference list   (86k)
• Technical Summary : Defra Briefing note: Sustainability Impacts and Interventions of Clothing   (206k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2006

To: 2007

Cost: £36,525
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Resources Management - London
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Development              
Sustainable Procurement              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production