Material life cycle and stages of textile product life cycle

Some key words to consider when we speak of the material life cycle not only of textiles,  but of any other product that is designed, manufactured and marketed, are: wastefulness, longevity, individual consumption.

Limiting ourselves to textiles, but the process could be applied to every other product, it may be useful to break down the material life of a textile into its various stages of creation and consumption, for example a woven cotton textile:

(From Creative Arts Today, page 184):

  1. Agriculture/raw fibre production: let’s say cotton
  2. Ginning
  3. Spinning
  4. Weaving
  5. Processing
  6. Stitching
  7. Distribution/retail
  8. Use/consumption and end of life





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