Wool Life Cycle Assessment References List

Here is an overview of great scientific papers and fact sheets providing information related to wool’s Life Cycle Assessment.


Use and Reuse phase

Laitala, Kirsi; Klepp, Ingun Grimstad; Henry, Beverley (2018): Does Use Matter? Comparison of Environmental Impacts of Clothing Based on Fiber Type. Source: https://oda.hioa.no/en/item/does-use-matter-comparison-of-environmental-impacts-of-clothing-based-on-fiber-type

Laitala, Kirsi; Klepp, Ingun Grimstad (2017): Clothing Reuse: The Potential in Informal Exchange


Laitala, Kirsi; Klepp, Ingun Grimstad; Henry, Beverley (2017): Use phase of wool apparel: a literature review for improving LCA. Source: https://oda.hioa.no/en/item/use-phase-of-wool-apparel-a-literature-review-for-improving-lca

Care and Production of Clothing in Norwegian Homes: Environmental Implications of Mending and Making Practices: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327044692_Care_and_Production_of_Clothing_in_Norwegian_Homes_Environmental_Implications_of_Mending_and_Making_Practices

Russell SJ, Ireland A (2016) “Review of Wool Recycling and Reuse”, In: Fangueiro R; Rana S (eds.) Natural Fibres: Advances in Science and Technology Towards Industrial Applications. 12. RILEM Book Series. Dordrecht: Springer. 415-428



Microfibres from apparel and home textiles: Prospects for including microplastics in environmental sustainability assessment



Life Cycle Assessment

International Wool Textile Organisation Wool LCA Technical Advisory Group (2016): Guidelines for conducting a life cycle assessment of the environmental performance of textiles. Source: https://iwto.org/resources/wool-lca-guidelines/

Stephen G. Wiedemann, Stewart F. Ledgard, Beverley K. Henry, Ming-Jia Yan, Ningtao Mao, Stephen J. Russell (2015): Application of life cycle assessment to sheep production systems: investigating co-production of wool and meat using case studies from major global producers. Source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11367-015-0849-z

Wiedemann S., Yan, M-J, Henry, B.K, Murphy CM 2016, ‘Resource use and greenhouse gas emissions from three wool production regions in Australia’, Journal of Cleaner Production, 122, 121-132. Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652616001700

Henry BK, Russell SJ, Ledgard SF, Gollnow S, Wiedemann SG, Nebel B, Maslen D, Swan P (2015) “LCA of wool textiles and clothing”, In: Handbook of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Textiles and Clothing. 217-254



Fact Sheets published by IWTO

Wool Life Cycle Assessment: https://iwto.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IWTO_Wool-LCA.pdf

How Wool Reduces Climate Impact: https://iwto.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IWTO_Wool-Climate-Impact.pdf

Wool Carbon Cycle: https://iwto.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IWTO_Wool-Carbon-Cycle.pdf

Recycled Wool: https://iwto.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IWTO_Recycled-Wool.pdf

Wool in Aquatic Environments: https://iwto.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IWTO_Wool-Aquatic.pdf

Wool is Biodegradable: https://iwto.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IWTO_Wool-is-Biodegradable.pdf

Wool Notes: https://iwto.org/resources/wool-notes/