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Innovative recycling or extended use? Comparing the global warming potential of different ownership and end-of-life scenarios for textiles

Herausgeber*in: Department of Sustainability Science, LUT University

Autor*in: Jarkko Levänen, Ville Uusitalo, Anna Härri, Elisa Kareinen and Lassi Linnane

Schlagwörter: Circular Economy, Geschäftspraktiken, Kreislaufwirtschaft, Lifecycle Analysis, Nachhaltigkeit, Recycling, Reboundeffekt, textile Kette, Treibhausgasemissionen


Using life cycle assessment, the study compares the global warming potential (GWP) of five ownership and end-of-life scenarios for creating and using a pair of jeans. The scenarios are as follows: (a) BASE, i.e. basic use with waste disposal; (b) REDUCE, i.e. extended use; (c) REUSE, i.e. reselling; (d) RECYCLE, i.e. industrial processing into new raw materials; and (e) SHARE, i.e. a rental service. Our results show that the lowest global warming impacts are achieved in the REDUCE scenario, and the second lowest are achieved in the REUSE scenario. The RECYCLE scenario leads to relatively high overall emissions because the replaced emissions from cotton production are relatively low. The use of rental services is likely to increase customers’ mobility, and if that happens in a large scale, then the SHARE scenario has the highest GWP. It was found that many new CE innovations come with a high rebound risk, and existing practices carry similar, yet smaller risks.

Erscheinungsjahr: 2021

Sprache: Englisch

Umfang: 11 Seiten

Zielgruppe: Studierende, Dozierende

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