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Hiller Connell writes about environmental impacts in sustainable apparel production book

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kim Hiller Connell, associate professor in the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design, College of Human Ecology, wrote a chapter in the Handbook of Sustainable Apparel Production published recently by CRC Press in New York.

Kim Hiller Connell

Kim Hiller Connell

The book's editor, S. S. Muthu, invited Hiller Connell to write “Environmental impacts of apparel production, distribution, and consumption: An overview.”

The chapter outlines the environmental impacts of the textiles and apparel supply chain and considers impacts associated with production, distribution and consumption.

The associate professor writes about the broad environmental issues that crosscut all stages within the supply chain, including the high-energy demand of the industry, the depletion of nonrenewable fossil fuel resources, and the industry’s significant greenhouse gas emissions.

Then, progressing through the supply chain from fiber, yarn, textile and apparel production through to end-of-life and disposal, she details the environmental impacts unique to each stage.

This article was posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News.