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Fabric Impact Assessment

Sustainability is essential to human being and the industry development. As a responsible designer, manufacturer, product developer, product manager, or even executive manager, it is very important to understand the impacts of their products. Here, we propose a research project to develop an assessment method, which will estimate the impacts of cotton and cotton blended fabrics on environment, human/social, and animals. A model will be established to assess the fabric impacts. Data will be collected from different sources and will be evaluated, analyzed, and integrated. The proposed method will assess the fabric impacts from aspects including raw material, process of spinning, fabrication, dyeing/finishing, logistics, and recycling. The weightings of factors will be determined by integrating advices from an expert panel. Concluded fabric impact will be presented with several components, which will be interpreted and scored. The outcomes of this project will be a tool to guide the designer, product developer, manufacturer, product manager, and executive manager selecting proper fabric components, production processes, and production locations, then improve the sustainability of textiles and apparel industry. This tool could help the industry to positively evaluate the product impacts from the very beginning: designing the products.


Silver Medal in the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2018)
Commercialisation Opportunity
Project No. (ITC) ITP/104/15TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Dr. YAO Lei
Research Institute The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel Limited
ITF Amount HK$ 1,826,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2016-02-15
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2018-06-14
Crystal Knitters Limited
H&M Hennes & Mauritz (Far East) Ltd
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