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|Material Risk Analysis of Three Luxury Fibers|
|Despite their ubiquity in the consumer market and high value to retailers and brands, research into literature indicates minimal life cycle analysis (LCA) for the common fibers utilized in luxury fashion goods. This express session will summarize the review of available literature for the processes used in the production of products utilizing three fiber types; rayon; silk, and cashmere, and generate a discussion of issues in making risk based decisions in light of pressure from outside activist or other groups. This review focuses on the primary sustainability issues that may present a risk to the associated brands and retailers, specifically addressing the claims of activist organizations regarding the impact of the textile production, including deforestation for rayon, animal welfare for silk, and desertification for cashmere.
Presenter(s): Michael Andrew, MS, CIH, CSP, LEED AP, Executive Officer, Technical Services, Sumerra
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