Strategy and Tools for Sustainable Textile Product Development
von Windheim, Jesko
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Corporate sustainability strategy, assessment, and reporting continue to become more sophisticated as organizations develop new implementation tools. However, the majority of environmental impacts are concentrated in large firms, as are the resources needed to address them. Consequently, many of these tools are not accessible to early-stage ventures interested in growing a sustainable business. Struck By Nature is a new company developing a line of interior textiles. Using qualitative analysis informed by primary industry research, existing sustainability tools and guidelines, and business case studies, a preliminary sustainability strategy was defined for the company. The strategy promotes an iterative approach to environmental assessment and reporting, and is based on life cycle assessment methodology and current sustainability best practices in the textile industry. Potential environmental impact areas—including water use, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions—are identified for distinct phases of the product value chain. The strategy employs a cradle-to-gate scope and prioritizes actions in the early stages of product development, with particular emphasis on proper materials sourcing and supplier facility assessment. The structure of the strategy and its recommendations, which include a supplier evaluation tool, is adaptable to other product-based small businesses. Future updates should address the social aspects of sustainability as well as environmental impacts in the downstream portion of Struck By Nature’s product value chain.
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CitationStuart, Ian (2014). Strategy and Tools for Sustainable Textile Product Development. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/8528.
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