Ecological Footprint

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Ecological Footprint

The ecological footprint of textiles refers to the impact of the textile industry on the environment.

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Resource consumption

  • The textile industry is resource-intensive.
    • The textile industry requires large amounts of water and energy.
    • The textile industry requires raw materials like fibres and chemicals.
  • High water consumption can lead to water scarcity in certain regions.
  • Energy usage contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
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Chemical pollution

  • The use of various chemicals in textile production can lead to water pollution.
    • For example, the use of dyes, bleaches, and finishing agents can lead to water pollution.
  • Chemicals that are untreated or improperly disposed of can harm aquatic ecosystems.
    • These chemicals can also harm the health of nearby communities.
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Waste generation

  • Textile manufacturing generates significant waste.
    • For example, fabric scraps, trimmings, and chemical by-products.
  • If not managed properly, this waste can end up in landfills or be incinerated.
    • The incarceration of waste causes environmental harm.
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Deforestation and habitat destruction

  • The production of certain textiles like rayon and viscose relies on wood pulp from trees.
  • The use of wood pulp leads to deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats.
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Microplastic pollution

  • Synthetic textiles like polyester and nylon release microplastics during washing.
    • Microplastics can enter water bodies and harm marine life.

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1Core Technical Principles

2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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