Eurojersey, Radici Group and Herno together for PEF, Product Environmental Footprint calculation.
What is PEF?
PEF is a EU developed methodology for the calculation, assessment, third-party assurance and communication to stakeholders of the environmental footprint of products and services, using a life cycle approach. “Given the disparate nature of textile production, with different stages of production often carried out in different parts of the globe, gaining a true understanding of the environmental impact of a garment has always represented a huge challenge.” as to be read in Ecotextile.
Industry Collaborations for PEF research
Eurojersey, Europe’s leading vertically integrated textile mill pioneered an initiative to measure this product environmental footprint (PEF) of a 100 % ‘Made in Italy’ jacket. This warp knit fabric producer, famed for its Sensitive textile ranges, partnered with Italian yarn business Radici Group, and Italian apparel brand Herno to achieve a research aimed at certifying and tracking the environmental impact of a Herno menswear jacket at all stages of its production process. The three businesses worked together – all in Italy – in order to fully understand the impact of each and every step of the jacket’s production cycle.
Environmental Impact Findings
Eurojersey’s integrated approach evaluated the environmental impact of the jacket in areas such as primary energy consumption, climate changes impact, reducing ozone layer, acidification, carcinogenic effects on humans, ecotoxicity, depletion of soil and water resource depletion among others. In terms of environmental impact, some headline findings from the study include climate change impact of 11.35 CO2 equivalent per kg; water resource depletion for use or alteration of 309 litres of water; and land use of soil of 10.76 kgC deficit.
Made in Italy versus Made in China
A remarkable result of the initiative was the comparison between the environmental cost of producing a jacket in China, and in Italy. Eurojersey states: “The environmental cost of the jacket made in China is equivalent to €5.22 against €1.97 of the one made in Italy. This is due to the different energy mix between the two countries which is composed of 40% renewable energy sources in Italy against 65% of coal in China. Since 2008, 100% of Eurojersey’s energy has come from renewable sources.