Environmental assessment of end-of-life textiles in Denmark

Athina Koligkioni, Keshav Parajuly, Birgitte Lilholt Sørensen, Ciprian Cimpan

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The European Union is on its way to a circular economy through eco-design, waste prevention, reuse and recycling of products and materials. This study analyzes the environmental effects of end-of-life textile management in Denmark. First, a Mass Flow Analysis was performed for textile flows from sales to consumers to end processes, which revealed that absolute consumption has grown significantly over the last years. Data on generation and management of used textiles indicated that around 40% are discarded with residual waste, another 40% are captured by collection for reuse channels, and around 17% constitute user-to-user flows. A Life Cycle Assessment was carried out showing the potential environmental effects. This assessment included system expansion to cover the impact of the most likely final cycle of end-of-life, which differ substantially depending on the geographical location of reuse. A sensitivity analysis addressed the key factor of substitution. Overall, the results show that reuse is preferable to other end-of-life options- even with low primary production substitution rates.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftProcedia CIRP
Vol/bind69
Sider (fra-til)962–967
ISSN2212-8271
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018
Begivenhed25th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) Conference - Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 30. apr. 20182. maj 2018
http://www.lce2018.dk/about

Konference

Konference25th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) Conference
LandDanmark
ByCopenhagen
Periode30/04/201802/05/2018
Internetadresse

Fingeraftryk

environmental assessment
environmental effect
substitution
sensitivity analysis
primary production
European Union
recycling
life cycle
textile

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Koligkioni, Athina ; Parajuly, Keshav ; Sørensen, Birgitte Lilholt ; Cimpan, Ciprian. / Environmental assessment of end-of-life textiles in Denmark. I: Procedia CIRP. 2018 ; Bind 69. s. 962–967.
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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftKonferenceartikelForskningpeer review

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