Environmental Impact Assessment of Multi-Pollutant Emission in Cotton Fabric Production
Ke Wang 1,2
Hong Liu 2,3
Laili Wang 1,2,4
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School of Fashion Design & Engineering, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310018, China
Key Laboratory of Silk Culture Heritage and Products Design Digital Technology, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Hangzhou 310018, China
Qingdao University, Collage of Textile & Clothing, Qingdao 266071, China
Zhejiang Ecological Civilization Research Center, Hangzhou 310018, China
Institute of Science and Technology, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018, China
Submission date: 2020-11-27
Final revision date: 2021-02-05
Acceptance date: 2021-02-10
Online publication date: 2021-08-09
Publication date: 2021-09-22
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Laili Wang   

1.Zhejiang Provincial Research Center of Clothing Engineering Technology 2.Key Laboratory of Silk Culture Heritage and Products Design Digital Technology, Ministry of Culture and Tourism 4. Zhejiang Ecological Civilization Research Center, China
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2021;30(5):4761-4766
The textile industry continuously attracts extensive attention because of the excessive water consumption and high pollutants emissions. Water footprint as an analytical tool is widely used in water resources management in recent years. However, the water footprint method is not adequate in comprehensive assessment of water pollution impact from the perspective of water quality change in different duration of time. The total environmental impact score (TEIS) methodology can evaluate the environmental impact of each kind of water pollutant, and taking into account the actual wastewater volume, which enables it to accurately and comprehensively identify the environmental impact of water pollutants. In this study, the production of cotton fabric was chosen as an example to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharge with TEIS method. The results showed that the environmental impact caused by wastewater discharged in batch dyeing was the greatest, followed by pretreatment and after-finishing. This was mainly because large amounts of dyes were used in the batch dyeing stage and generated many wastewater pollutants. Phosphorus caused the most severe impact, accounting for 41.5% of the total environmental impact.
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