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):
- Agriculture/raw fibre production: let’s say cotton
- Use/consumption and end of life