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Textile processing and resource depletion: calculating the ecological footprint of textile products

Abstract:

Economic growth and over-consumption of natural resources means they are being depleted in an unsustainable way. It is therefore critical to have some form of measurement, so the concept of the ecological footprint has been developed to quantify how sustainable a product or process is. This chapter concerns the principles and measurement of this concept with specific reference to textile processes and products.

Key words

resource depletion

sustainability

assessment

land

challenges

5.1 Introduction

A basic issue for environmental resources is the regenerative capacity of natural resources. Consumption of natural resources should ...

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