|GHG Emissions Facts|
|Per jacket (900 grams)|
|Total:||72.7 kg CO₂e|
|Materials:||29 kg CO₂e|
|Production:||7.3 kg CO₂e|
|Distribution:||11 kg CO₂e|
|Usage:||25 kg CO₂e|
|End of Life:||0 kg CO₂e|
|Per person annual emissions|
|Per jacket (900 grams)|
A Gore-branded jacket or Gore-Tex jacket is a windproof, waterproof, and breathable jacket. The information on this page is for an undefined Gore-branded jacket, weighing 900 grams, with Gore-Tex two-layer fabric, sealed seams, drop hood, collar lining, velcro zipper closure, pit-zips, bicep-pockets, and internal zip pocket. This jacket was selected to represents a large number of products sold in the North American market with Gore branding. The jacket has life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 72.7 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). The manufacturer estimates that the product will last five years, consequently the product has annual GHG emissions of about 14.5 kg CO2e.
The materials that make-up the Gore-branded jacket are responsible for 29 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. These emissions represent 40% of the product’s life-cycle carbon footprint. This phase includes the textile supply chain and Gore processes, including manufacturing the PTFE, a type of fluoropolymer, used in the product. A small portion of the product’s life-cycle water use occurs in this phase.
The production phase of the jacket life-cycle includes manufacturing of the garment and accessories. It is responsible for 7.3 kg CO2e or 10% of the life-cycle carbon footprint of the product. The manufacturing process takes place in Indonesia.
The distribution phase of the jacket life-cycle is responsible for 11 kg CO2e of GHG emissions, which is 15% of the total life cycle carbon footprint. The jackets are manufactured in Indonesia and shipped to a distribution hub in California, United States. The products are then shipped to retailers where they are purchased by consumers. Transportation is assumed to be 90% ship transport and 10% air transport. Additionally, a 10 kilometer trip to the retailer in a personal car, by the consumer, was included in the emissions estimates.
The use phase of the Gore-branded jacket is responsible for 25 kg CO2e of GHG emissions, or 25% of the life-cycle carbon footprint. The manufacturer estimates that the jacket will be used for about five years, and that the product lifetime will often range between 3 to 7 years, depending on the use scenario. GHG emissions during the product use phase are from twice yearly washing, re-impregnation with consumer durable water repellant (DWR) treatments, and tumbling. Washing the product during the consumer use phase is primarily responsible for the 2,080 liters of water consumption that occur during the product’s lifetime.
End of Life
The manufacturer calculates that the end of life phase is responsible for less than 0.1% of the products lifetime GHG emissions. This phase may include landfilling, incinerating, or possibly recycling the jacket.
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- Life Cycle Assessment of a Gore branded waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket. W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH, 2013. Web. 29 Nov. 2016. Archived