Society environmental economic benefits of swan-labelled workwear service

Henrik Grüttner, Ole Dall, Henning Thomsen, Henrik Wenzel

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This paper presents an environmental and socio-economic
comparison of textile supply of workwear with and without the Nordic
Swan labelling scheme. The study is part of a project for development of a
methodology for the environmental and socio-economic comparison for
product groups. The study was funded and published by the Danish
Environmental Protection Agency 2009-2011. The assessment illustrates the
problems to find reliable documentation for the environmental performance
of eco-labelled versus conventional products. The assessment mainly
focuses on the use-phase since this has been proven to be the most important
part of the lifecycle. For the use-phase a significant difference in
environmental performance can be demonstrated between the European
average figures and the figures for the Danish company providing the ecolabelled
service. By application of the developed methodology this
difference is transferred into economic impacts demonstrating a substantial
saving for the society when purchasing the eco-labelled service.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife Cycle Management Conference 2011 : LCM, August 28 – 31, 2011 – the dahlem cube, Berlin
Publication date15. Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - 15. Aug 2011

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