Advancing life cycle sustainability of textiles through technological innovations

Lisha Zhang, Man Yui Leung, Svetlana V. Boriskina, Xiaoming Tao (Corresponding Author)

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Throughout their life cycle, textiles produce 5–10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and consume the second-largest amount of the world’s water with polluting microplastics and chemical agents released to waterways. Here we examine the state-of-the-art technology developments meant to solve these problems in a cradle-to-grave fashion. We analyse their impacts with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals in the United Nations Agenda 2030, particularly those concerning the deployment of natural resources, energy and environmental impacts. We follow a systematic analytical framework that identifies and elucidates impactful technologies. We further discuss future directions along which the green transformation of textiles could be accelerated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243 - 253
JournalNature Sustainability
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2022


  • Life cycle
  • sustainability
  • textile
  • Technological innovation


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