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Global warming potential of textile services

Climate change due to emission of greenhouse gases presents a serious challenge for responsible business leaders in the 21st century. Most scientists now agree that rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs), particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), will have a serious impact of many activities of societies and natural ecosystems around the globe. Besides an overall increase in temperature, these impacts may include more intense rainfall, storms, flooding, drought, an increasing sea level, etc..

Take the first step - Be aware of your footprint

Impact of CO2

It is recognised that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are the main agent behind changes in the earth's climate.

As a responsible industry committed to a sustainable future, we believe in maintaining a low carbon footprint.

Common methodology

The calculation of our CO2 footprint is based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol methodology. This protocol sets the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions. 

Be aware of your footprintThe scope of CO2 emissions

The GHG Protocol classifies greenhouse emissions into three 'scopes'.

  1. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources.
  2. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy.
  3. Scope 3 emissions are all indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions.

The image shows the greenhouse gas (mostly CO2) emissions for each phase of textile services. 

Download the full report 'Assessment of global warming potential of two textile services', which summarises how ETSA has used the global standard to assess its own impact on the environment.

Taking the lead together

ETSA has established a methodology for calculating the potential global warming impact of two of its main services:

Providing one worker with workwear for one year.

WorkwearA worker whose employer rents his workwear from a textile service company can expect clean clothes (typically trousers/overalls, jacket and t-shirt) to be delivered to his workplace every week of the year, and his soiled garments to be collected for laundering.

Read more about the textile services cycle for workwear

To deliver workwear for one worker for one year, the textile services industry has a total carbon footprint of 46kg of CO2 emissions. This takes into account the full cycle of supplying and servicing the workwear.

On average, this workwear will go through 47 laundering cycles before it needs to be replaced. By comparison, the environmental impact of supplying new workwear textiles is 22 higher than the impact of laundering these garments once.

Textile services cycle for workwear

By comparison:

TV iconOperate a 90cm plasma TV for 6.5 hrs per day for 1 year

 

Washing Machine IconOperate a domestic washing machine and tumble dryer three times per week for one year (187 washes; 148 drying cycles) 
 

Shower IconRun a power shower for 6 mins per day for 1 year

 

Car Icon1 way car journey from Frankfurt to Rome

Providing one hotel bed with linen for one
year

Bed linenOn average, a hotel can expect to change sheets, duvet covers, pillow covers and towels 200 times per room per year. With a rental contract, the textile service company is responsible for laundering and maintaining these textiles.
 

Read more about the textile services cycle for hotel linen

To deliver bed linen for one hotel bed for one year, the textile services industry has a total carbon footprint of 90kg of CO2 emissions. This takes into account the full cycle of supplying and servicing the bed linen.

On average, this linen will go through 119 laundering cycles before it needs to be replaced. By comparison, the environmental impact of supplying new hotel textiles is 33 higher than the impact of laundering this linen once.

Textile services cycle for hotel linen

By comparison:

Plane Icon1 way flight from London to Munich


 

Low Energy Buld IconUse 6 x 18W low energy lightbulbs 4 hrs p/day for 1 year

 

Washing Machine IconOperate a domestic washing machine and tumble dryer three times per week for one year (187 washes; 148 drying cycles) 
 

Light Bulb IconUse 6 x 100W standard lightbulbs 4 hrs p/day for 1 year

 

ETSA: Representing textile rental companies

  • Alsco
  • Bardusch
  • Berendsen
  • CWS Boco
  • Elis
  • Indusal
  • Initial
  • Johnson
  • Lindstrom
  • Mewa
  • Salesianer Miettex
  • Wozabal

To find out more about our members including suppliers, national associations and research institutes click here

ETSA: In partnership with suppliers of detergents, fabrics and machinery

  • BP
  • Carrington
  • Christeyns
  • Ecolab
  • HB_Schutzbekleidung
  • Jensen
  • Kannegiesser
  • Klopman
  • Lapauw
  • Lauffenmuhle
  • Tencate
  • van moer williamson dickie

To find out more about our members including textile rental companies, national associations and research institutes click here

ETSA: Coordinating national textile service associations and working with research institutes

  • Assosistema
  • BVT
  • FBT
  • Geist
  • Hohenstein Institute
  • NRV
  • Tekstiilihuoltoliitto Ry
  • TRSA
  • TSA
  • tvatteriforbundet
  • VTS
  • Wfk
  • Wirtex

To find out more about our members including textile rental companies and suppliers, click here

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