Performance Apparel Markets
The newest issue 41 of Performance Apparel Markets published by Textiles Intelligence (GB), is commercially available and contains such issues as fast track: focus on insect repellent and heated garments at OutDoor 2012; product developments and innovations; chemical protective clothing: providing a life-critical barrier: Profile of Lakeland Industries (industrial protective clothing): an innovator in chemical protective clothing, an a business up-date on all important issues and on companies.
Life cycle analysis of Wool
Jointly, wool organisations from around the globe researched on the environmental characteristics of natural fibres and this resulted in the first scientific wool Life Cycle Analyses (LCA) of wool and can be downloaded from the website (link at the end of the feature) of IWTO International Wool Textile Organisation (B).
The report entails also recommendations such as consolidating existing data and address data gaps, developing globally applicable guidelines for conducting wool LCA’s as well as a communication strategy for the wool industry and by engaging key stakeholders. IWTO is encouraging collaboration between researches and compiles data quickly and assists to close data gaps and will publish a new comprehensive wool LCA data for the carpet and apparel sectors.
Australian Wool Intelligence (AWI) is currently funding an on-farm research collecting data on allocation methods and greenhouse gas emissions. Further research is conducted also in the consumer phase, and in view to disposal and recycling.
When all assessments and data of relevant environmental aspects will be collected, the assessment tolls will be made available to such organisations such as Made By or the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Partnerships and working groups are currently established with the relevant stakeholders in the sectors of apparel and carpets.
IWTO Secretary General, Elisabeth van Delden, states: “We want to deepen our understanding of wool’s environmental footprint, and we want to make sure that our stakeholders recognise that we are committed to wool’s environmental credentials and that wool is indeed not only a natural fibre, but also a sustainable one”.