Chalmers Conferences, LCM 2013

Sandra Roos, Greg Peters

Last modified: 2014-09-11


This paper is an illustration of how life cycle assessment (LCA) was
successfully applied to provide a scientific background for decision making
in the textile sector. The life cycle environmental performance of a new
eucalyptus based textile was compared to the current cotton based textile in
the application of a women’s hospital uniform. The results from the life
cycle impact assessment showed clear benefits with replacing the cotton
based textile, mainly through avoiding water depletion and pollution from
pesticides caused by the cotton cultivation. The raw material production and
the laundry during the use phase are the two main aspects of the uniform.
Further, the knowledge gained during the LCA was used to formulate
environmental requirements for the suppliers.


life cycle assessment; textiles; decision making; biotic resources; public procurement


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