Table of Contents
Journal of Textiles
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 643080, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/643080
Research Article

Environmental Sustainability Evaluation of Apparel Product: A Case Study on Knitted T-Shirt

1Department of Textile Engineering, Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology, Gazipur 1700, Bangladesh
2Department of Apparel Manufacturing Engineering, Bangladesh University of Textiles, Tejgaon, Dhaka 1208, Bangladesh

Received 15 September 2014; Accepted 5 November 2014; Published 24 November 2014

Academic Editor: Anindya Ghosh

Copyright © 2014 Md. Mazedul Islam and Md. Mashiur Rahman Khan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The work reported in this paper presents the assessment of environmental performances of selected branded apparel T-Shirt products made by Bangladesh. The study is based on a standard evaluation tool named Higg Index which is basically used widely to measure the environmental sustainability of various apparel products. Higg Index is an internal self-assessment tool created by the outdoor apparel industry and Nike’s apparel environmental design tool which aims to aggregate information on the environmental performance of products. The Index considers performance across the full life-cycle of a product, including impacts from “input materials, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, use, and end-of-life.” Selected apparel branded T-Shirt products from S. Oliver, BUTex-Innovation, PUMA, Esprit, Aarong, and Yellow were taken into consideration. The results indicate that newly developed ecofriendly T-shirt and foreign branded products named S. Oliver, PUMA, and Esprit gained higher score but local branded product like Aarong and Yellow gained lower score in terms of environmental sustainability based on Higg Index assessment tool. Moreover, many weaknesses and opportunities for improvement of both local and foreign branded T-Shirt products have been identified and suggested which would eventually lead the fashion designer, apparel manufacturer, stakeholder, and consumer towards greener apparel products.