Increasing transparency in upstream value chains of virgin synthetic fibre production with brands and policymakers

Assessment of the environmental impacts of chemical processes in virgin polyester production

This scoping study aims to lay the groundwork for a project to analyse the link between the textile industry and fossil fuels – and its social and environmental impact.

Year: 2022 Current Project

  • Overview

    This scoping study will lay the groundwork for a project analysing the link between the textile industry and fossil fuels, and its related social and environmental impacts.

    The project will aim to collate data and evidence on the impacts of PET production, specifically its connection with oil and gas extraction. This evidence will be used to increase transparency in the textile industry and influence clothing brands and policymakers to implement sustainable changes.

    The Challenge: Assessing the environmental impact of the textile industry

    The environmental impact of synthetic fibre production during the chemical and milling processes is believed to include water pollution, biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, the environmental impact has spillover effects on local communities near production sites.

    The lack of data and evidence on environmental impacts makes it difficult to assess the effects of synthetic fibre production. By developing a robust methodology, this scoping study will lay the groundwork for responding to this challenge.

  • Partners

    Lead researcher: Ergem Senyuva, sustainability expert, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and faculty member of Fordham University

    Climate Strategies leads: Adriana Chavarría Flores and Nia Hunjan

    Funded by: Laudes Foundation