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Life Cycle of the Jean. Paige Mumford Angela Kong Michael Tzeng Per. 2 IED. Overview. Raise & Extract. Cotton Farming in the fields Half of water used in product’s full life cycle < 5% of raw materials used are sources other than cotton Indigo dye farmed in fields. Process.

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life cycle of the jean

Life Cycle ofthe Jean

Paige Mumford

Angela Kong

Michael Tzeng

Per. 2 IED

raise extract
Raise & Extract
  • Cotton Farming in the fields
  • Half of water used

in product’s full

life cycle

  • < 5% of raw materials

used are sources other

than cotton

  • Indigo dye farmed in fields
process
Process
  • Fabric Production
  • Textile mills turn cotton fiber into fabric
  • Dye is extracted from the indigo plant
  • In Mexico - largest mill supplier has waste water treatment plant
  • Can recycle approx. 75% of its water  production, rest rooms, landscape irrigation
manufacture
Manufacture
  • Contracted suppliers
  • Cut, sew, finish
  • Buttons are added onto to cloth
transportation distribution
Transportation & Distribution
  • Low carbon-using transport.
    • rail and container ships
  • to retail, online, wholesale locations
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Use
  • Clothing article
  • Largest environmental impacts
  • Reduce lifecycle climate change impact by 50% - line drying & cold water washing
  • 58% of energy & 45% of water from

lifetime in this phase

dispose
Dispose
  • Recycled fiber
    • new fashions/products
    • housing insulation
  • Levi’s - recycled denim

insulation in San Francisco

  • 24 billion lbs clothing per year  landfills 
citations
Citations
  • Camp, Scott, Gordon Clark, Laura Duane, and Aaron Haight. "Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability Report." Http://www.uvm.edu. Http://www.uvm.edu. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. <http://www.uvm.edu/~shali/Levi.pdf>.
  • "An Environmental Product Declaration of Jeans." Http://www.ademe.fr/internet/eco-jean/EPD_en_jeans_v2.pdf. Agence De L'Environnement Et De La Maîtrise De L'Energie. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. <http://www.ademe.fr/internet/eco-jean/EPD_en_jeans_v2.pdf>.
  • "Goodwill Green." Goodwill of Silicon Valley. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. <http://www.goodwillsv.org/goodwill-green>.
  • "Life Cycle of a Jean | Levi Strauss & Co." Levi Strauss. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. <http://www.levistrauss.com/sustainability/product/life-cycle-jean>.