2012 Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber & Fabric Full Report

Sustainability | 2012

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a systematic evaluation of the potential environmental impact and resource utilization of a product, starting at the raw material stage and ending with disposal at the end of the product’s life. A fundamental component of LCA is the Life Cycle Inventory or LCI. An LCI is a quantification of the relevant energy and material inputs and environmental release or emissions data associated with product creation and use. The primary purpose of this project was to compile a robust and current LCI dataset for global cotton fiber production and textile manufacturing.