Gore Fabrics outlines eco-friendly innovations

    WL Gore & Associates (Gore) Fabrics is using scientific research to drive eco-friendly improved material innovations that deliver uncompromised performance with a reduced environmental footprint of Gore Fabrics’ products, said its Responsibility Update 2018. One of its key achievements is the progress towards elimination of PFCs of Environmental Concern.

    Data Visualization Tool uses LCA to show Carbon Footprint of Everyday Products

    A Columbia researcher affiliated with the Data Science Institute and the Earth Institute has created a data-visualization tool that shows the carbon footprints of hundreds of consumer products. The tool makes it easy for everyone to explore the products’ carbon emission levels and the various strategies companies are employing to reduce emissions.

    Isko hosts Responsible Denim event for sustainability, focus on LCAs

    Isko recently hosted the ‘Responsible Denim’ event to share knowledge and experiences on the development of an integrated field-to-fabric approach all along the value chain. It helped to think about what choices can be made to give shape to a greener and better future. Isko is the only denim mill to have bagged the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel, they also have an Environmental Management System in place at the Isko factory.

    Environmental product declarations gaining traction

    One green business that’s on the rise right now is that of providing environmental product declarations. The sector recently notched up its 50th EPD and is riding a wave of interest in more disclosure of sustainability impact in all we do – from environmental to social.

    New USDA Beef Lifecycle Assessment Finds Environmental Impacts Lower Than Perceived

    A new study, recently published in the journal Agricultural Systems, is the most comprehensive beef cattle lifecycle assessment ever completed. In the report, titled Environmental Footprints of Beef Cattle Production in the United States, the researchers found widely accepted measures related to beef cattle's impact in the U.S. are often overestimated. The comprehensive lifecycle assessment, conducted by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service and The Beef Checkoff, was designed to scientifically quantify the sustainability of U.S. beef production.

    Wood Pallet Industry seeks assistance in a survey to develop environmental product declaration

    The Pallet Foundation is funding the development of a scientifically-sound EPD, which will report a standardized environmental impact of a generalized wood pallet. A wood pallet EPD will also be the first of its kind in the supply chain, signifying to pallet users the extent of industry’s dedication to environmental sustainability.

    New LCA-based environmental indicator for evaluating the positive climate impacts of products

    Environmental impacts are often expressed through footprint indicators describing a negative impact, as in the familiar carbon and water footprints. Until now, companies have lacked the means to present positive effects. Now, VTT and LUT University alongside with Finnish companies have developed a method and guidelines for evaluating and communicating on the carbon handprint of products. The carbon handprint describes the positive climate impacts of a product. The initiative for the development of a carbon handprint came from Finnish companies.

    New study uses LCA to estimate the environmental cost of packing our favorite fast-foods

    A new study estimates there are 2025 million takeaway containers per year being used in the European Union (EU) alone. It also says finding a way to recycle disposable takeaway containers could help reduce equivalent greenhouse gas emissions generated annually by 55,000 cars.

    New third-party life cycle assessment reveals minimal carbon footprint from Midsummer’s thin film solar cell production process

    A new study commissioned by solar energy technology leader Midsummer shows that the company’s proprietary flexible CIGS thin film solar module manufacturing process is much more environmentally friendly than other solar module production processes like e.g. for silicon modules. The recent study by Swerea IVF shows conclusively that these products have much lower CO2 emission equivalents than almost all other renewable energy sources.

    Decathlon makes a leap on environmental labelling – and it wants to share the data

    Global sporting goods retailer, Decathlon is currently completing a 10 year project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of the year. The stores, which are in 39 countries will label products with a rating from A to E based on a Life Cycle Assessment approach.