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LONDON – Two major studies have for the first time ever compiled all currently publicly available data on the environmental impact of textile fibre production. They conclude that fibre selection is not a crucial factor in the total environmental impact of a garment, while a t-shirt made of organic cotton or recycled material is not always more sustainable. The studies also suggest there is at present a glaring lack of data on the environmental impact of fibres such as organic and BCI cotton and that for several fibres, just a few studies were found. For new fibres associated with sustainability claims, it is claimed there is often no data available to support such claims.

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