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Potential Ecodesign Requirements for Textiles and Furniture

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A large part of the lifecycle environmental impacts of a product are determined at the design stage, why The EU Eco design Directive’s potential for application to non-energy related themes has come under the spotlight in recent years with Nordic countries at the forefront. In this report potential eco design requirements that can be drawn up for non-energy-related products are in focus. Textiles are here used as an example, and a light application of the approach has subsequently been applied to the furniture sector. Clothing and home textiles were chosen due to significant wastage in the value chain due to fast fashion, dropping quality and relatively low repair and reuse rates. The project was initiated and financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and led by its Working Group for Sustainable Consumption and Production. A separate Policy Brief (ANP2018:739) is also published.

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Potential environmental benefits of the proposed requirements for textiles

The environmental impacts of a specific textile product can be calculated via a detailed life cycle assessment (LCA) of all the processes involved in the production, use stage and disposal of that product. Such an LCA is a large piece of work, involving significant data collection efforts, site visits, modelling and gap filling via carefully selected assumptions.

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