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A new article shows the environmental benefits of clothing libraries. But to achieve environmental gains, the article quantitatively demonstrate the importance of substantially increasing the garment service life and considering the logistics. The logistics is important because the risk of problem shifting: increased customer transportation can completely offset the benefits gained from reduced production. This means that the location of clothing libraries matter and that collaborative consumption may not be suitable for all kinds of clothing. In the study, life cycle assessment (LCA) is used to explore the environmental performance of clothing libraries, as one of the possible ways in which collaborative consumption can be implemented, and advantages and disadvantages are compared to conventional business models. The article is written by Bahareh Zamani and Greg . Peters from Chalmers and Gustav Sandin from RISE, and was published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.
Read the article here.