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Environmental analysis of a breathable, waterproof jacket

Environmental analysis of a breathable, waterproof jacket

how sustainable is…

The study suggests that over the entire lifetime – from cradle to grave – of an all round Gore-tex® waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket a total of 72.7 kg of CO2-eq. are emitted, 2.08 m³ of fresh water and 992 MJ of primary energy are consumed.

  • the jacket’s production and distribution have the biggest impact on Global Warming Potential, at 65%.
  • consumer care (e.g. how many times and how you wash the jacket) also has a significant impact on Global Warming Potential, at 35%.
  • end of life (disposal) has a negligible impact on Global Warming Potential, at less than 0.1%
  • the jacket’s life time has the greatest impact on a number of other environmental impact categories

Link to full report

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what can I do to reduce my environmental footprint…

To minimise the environmental impact associated with the use of a Gore-Tex® jacket, look after it, to maximise its life, but don’t wash it unnecessarily. And when you wash it, wash it with other garments to reduce the water and energy use per garment.

The above is true for clothes and garments in general.

Report Rating: 2 out of 3

Report Published: 2013

Country: USA

Author(s): not identified

Publisher: W. L. Gore & Associates UK Ltd.

Funder: not stated, assumed to be W. L. Gore & Associates UK Ltd.

Keywords: life cycle analysis, LCA, cradle to grave analysis, environmental footprint, jacket, breathable, waterproof, fabric, garments, clothes, Gore-tex®

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