1 Running head: Sustainable lifecycle Life Cycle Analysis Professor Haejung Maria Kim Keli Moore University of North Texas
2 Running head: Sustainable lifecycle 1.Sustainability and environmental issues during this generation has peaked and a major topic to many. Being eco-conscious is becoming more mainstream and a lot of people are asking questions “Where is this made?” “was there child labor involved?” there is lots of focus in the mass media. Because of the peak in our society is becoming transparent within companies and organizations worldwide, where many have developed some sort of corporate sustainability standard and issue reports in addition to their annual reports on financial figures. When it comes to the cotton supply chain there are many challenges that are faced but C&A is making efforts to make change the way organic items are bought and helping many organizations become more eco-conscious. The cotton supply chain is one of the biggest supply chains and also one of the most complex. Cotton is farmed by thousands of farmers in over 100 countries, on fields ranging everywhere from a few acres in size to hundreds of acres. These issues begin with the building blocks of the sector—the fibers. According to textile beat, “The two dominant fibers that make up the clothes we wear every day are cotton and polyester.” The two have their own different environmental issues to contend with. But it is cotton that continues to keep many working to develop more sustainable supply chains for the industry awake at night—from both an environmental and social point of view. Every year 20 million tons of cotton is produced in 90 countries. And worldwide cotton production supports a huge number of farmers and their families, the majority of which live in the developing world. The current average worldwide consumption of cotton is 42 square meters per person per year, according to WWF. As
3 Running head: Sustainable lifecycle populations continue to grow and middle-class spending power increases, that demand is only likely to grow.
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