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Investigation of current state of pre-consumer textile waste generated at Lithuanian enterprises

Vaida Dobilaite (Institute of Architecture and Construction, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Gene Mileriene (JS Company “Audimas”, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Milda Juciene (Institute of Architecture and Construction, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Virginija Saceviciene (Institute of Architecture and Construction, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Production and consumption of textile garments contribute significantly to environment problems. The purpose of this paper is to perform the evaluation of textile waste generated at Lithuanian clothing enterprises based on statistical data analysis and business cases studies.

Design/methodology/approach

For the evaluation of real situation of waste generation in companies, an original methodology was developed and used during investigation. In order to get an overall view, statistical data of waste generation and management in Lithuania were also analysed. Waste accounting covered data such as wastes from unprocessed textile fibres and wastes from processed textile fibres and textiles (not otherwise specified).

Findings

The investigation showed that the amount of cutting waste reaches 20-25 per cent of the total quantity of materials used for production. It was found that the waste is not sorted in Lithuanian clothing enterprises and is disposed in landfills in most cases, notwithstanding the positive tendencies of recycling of waste that were observed during past year. However, a practical recycling strategy and broader perception of developing products with greater added value from waste are missing in Lithuania.

Originality/value

In this research, a simple methodology was developed for determining the quantity of the textile waste generated by enterprises, the introduction of which would allow us to expect better results in waste accounting and management. The results of investigation are useful to gain in-depth understanding of waste generation in various countries.

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Citation

Dobilaite, V., Mileriene, G., Juciene, M. and Saceviciene, V. (2017), "Investigation of current state of pre-consumer textile waste generated at Lithuanian enterprises", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 491-503. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCST-08-2016-0097

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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