Intensifying of textile use; the most effective way of improving textile sustainability

Sustainability is a key issue in society. Professional textile care is the sustainable option, as the professional washing process is more sustainable than domestic washing, textile service creates options for an extended product life and textile service creates better circumstances for recycling.

In this presentation, the focus is on the effect of extending textile lifetime on the sustainability of textile use. To illustrate this, the reduction in CO2-emission and water consumption as a function of the number of washing cycles were calculated, using the CINET Ecotool, for a number of representative textile products. It is shown that very significant reductions in CO2-emissions and water consumption can be achieved by prolonging the present average lifetime of textiles in the consumer market to the technical lifetime.