The greenhouse gas emissions from the production of a pair of workwear trousers with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) are almost halved compared with conventionally produced workwear trousers. That is one of the findings in workwear manufacturer Fristads’ Sustainability Report, which is released today.
“This is a prime example of why it is so important to measure climate and environmental impact at the garment level. Thanks to the EPD we now have the knowledge to make the right changes in design and production. That is why introducing a mandatory measuring standard for all garments would be an important action to meet the challenge of the climate crisis,” says Lisa Rosengren, Head of R&D Raw Material at Fristads.
In its new Sustainability Report, Fristads compares two pairs of workwear trousers with similar design and functionality. But one of the pairs has only caused emissions equivalent to 8.62 kg of carbondioxide, compared with 15.77 kg for the other pair, a difference of 45 percent.
The lower climate impact can primarily be explained with the fact that the cotton in one of the pairs has been switched out for the wood-based textile fibre lyocell and recycled polyester. The amount of water needed to produce the garment has decreased drastically as well, by 92 percent, compared with conventionally produced garments.
“Good work clothes protect people, but not at the expense of the environment. While working on creating a more sustainable collection we have also developed a measuring tool – an Environmental Product Declaration – that is free to use for the entire clothing industry,” says Anders Hülse, Managing Director at Fristads.
Globally, the textile industry is responsible for four to eight percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions according to the report Fashion on Climate which was released last year. That is equivalent to the combined emissions from France, Germany and the UK. The majority of the emissions occur in the production phase. The EPD that Fristads uses has been developed together with the Swedish research institute Rise and is based on life cycle assessments.
For more information, contact:
Linda McGurk, PR manager Fristads, +46 33 20 22 76, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Rosengren, Head of R&D Raw Material Fristads, +46 20 21 47, email@example.com
Read and download Fristads’ 2020 Sustainability Report here.
Facts: Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
An Environmental Product Declaration, or EPD, maps the total environmental impact of a product from a life cycle perspective. No aspect of the creation of the garment has been omitted. Fristads’ environmentally declared clothes are known as the Fristads Green collection and have been analysed in the following areas:
- material choices
- material quantities
- dyeing processes
- water and electricity consumption in production
Facts: This is Fristads Green
Fristads Green is a unique collection in which the garments are produced with focus on sustainability, from design and material choices to production and delivery to our warehouse. The garments are made of materials with a smaller environmental footprint, like organic cotton, recycled polyester and the wood-based fibre lyocell.
The Green garments are dyed using a special technology called e.dye, which reduces the water consumption by 75 percent. The waste material from the production of all Fristads Green garments is collected onsite and upcycled into new products, for example socks, blankets, comfort pads for elbows and knees and mattress filling. All garments are OEKO-TEX® certified.
Fristads Green garments are currently available in the categories building & construction, service & industry and cold wind rain. The goal is to offer sustainable collections in all Fristads’ main categories.
About Fristads Fristads has challenged and driven the development of durable and functional workwear since 1925, always with professional workers in mind and with innovation and sustainability as drivers. Our range of clothing includes classic as well as contemporary garments for a wide range of industries and our garments are made to meet the highest standards when it comes to quality, safety and comfort. Fristads is part of Hultafors Group, which is owned by Investment Latour AB and offers a broad portfolio of products and brands catering to professional craftsmen. Read more about Fristads at www.fristads.com.