In order to fully understand the impacts involved in the textile supply chain, and where we can make even better choices, ISKO has worked to obtain Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of all of its 25,000+ denim products, in line with ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.
An LCA is a globally recognised methodology used to assess and quantify the environmental footprint of a product, considering impacts across the entire product lifecycle from raw material to finished product. By understanding the environmental footprint of any product, we are able to identify any areas where improvements can be made, and allow our customers to make fully informed decisions.
In order to ensure the validity and replicability of the LCAs, publicly available and independently verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) have been produced by ISKO, in line with ISO 14025. ISKO has become the first denim manufacturer globally to obtain pre-certified EPD®s for all of its products, grouped into nine categories. The results of these industry first EPD®s are being used to create the independently devised Product Category Rules (PCR) for future denim industry EPD®s. Thanks to ISKO’s leadership creating the first denim EPD®s the PCR is due to be published in November 2018 paving the way for consistent and comparable assessments of denim across the industry, increasing transparency of environmental impact, improving consumer awareness and driving environmental improvement.
An EPD® is a document used to communicate verified, transparent, and comparable information about the life-cycle of products. The International EPD® System is a global programme for environmental declarations based on ISO 14025.
Visit Environdec to learn more about EPD®s, and access ISKO’s EPD® verified LCA results for all of its products in the EPD® database.