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Planetary Boundaries analysis for Houdini Sportswear – a Pilot Study: Assessment of company performance from a planetary boundaries perspective
Albaeco, Sweden.
Albaeco, Sweden.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Bioeconomy, Biorefinery and Energy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3536-7895
2018 (English)In: Planetary Boundaries Assessment 2018 – This is Houdini, Houdini Sportswear , 2018, p. 37-66Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This is to our knowledge the first ever corporate Planetary Boundaries analysis. It is an explorative collaboration between Houdini Sportswear, Albaeco and Mistra Future Fashion with the long-term ambition to create an open-source approach that will provide Houdini and other similar companies with a more holistic view on their sustainability efforts. Albaeco is closely tied to the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), an international research centre for sustainability science at Stockholm University, known among other things for its work on planetary boundaries, resilience and ecosystem services.

This report aims to operationalize the Planetary Boundaries framework in a business context. The framework was established in 2009 when a group of scientists (Rockström and others, 2009) identified nine global environmental boundaries we should remain within so that our societies can continue to develop in a positive way. As such the Planetary Boundaries provide a holistic way of analysing sustainability that has acquired international recognition and contributed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rather than a narrow focus on for example water, chemicals or energy use, a planetary boundaries approach implies covering a larger set of critical environmental factors.

The manufacturing and consumption of clothes, like every other industry, plays a role in relation to all of the nine boundaries. For example, cotton is one of the most pesticide and water demanding crops grown; chemicals used when treating fabrics risk polluting water downstream from factories; and shell layer garments are often produced using compounds that stay in the environmental indefinitely and accumulate in the fatty tissues of wildlife and humans

Albaeco, Houdini and Mistra Future Fashion believe that analysing the textile industry from a Planetary Boundaries perspective is an important part of a larger ambition to integrate scientific analysis and resilience thinking into projects focused on accelerating business solution for sustainability.

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Houdini Sportswear , 2018. p. 37-66
Keywords [en]
planetary boundaries, company performance, sustainability, planetary boundaries assessment, environmental assessment, life cycle assessment, sportswear, outdoor clothing
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-36546OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-36546DiVA, id: diva2:1266358
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Mistra Future FashionAvailable from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved

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