World Apparel & Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database

To drive metrics-based sustainability programs, companies in the fashion industry are increasingly looking for reliable data to make informed decisions and to prioritize their sustainability efforts.

Life Cycle Assessments provide a comprehensive and holistic way to assess environmental impacts over the full value chain; yet, credible data on the environmental impacts in supply chains in the apparel and footwear industry is still limited.

The World Apparel and Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database (WALDB) was founded by Quantis together with a pre-competitive consortium leading organizations and companies from the apparel and footwear sector to solve this data challenge and to deliver robust data for environmental impact assessment and footprinting.

WALDB - World Apparel & Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database

"Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data is important to understand the impacts of the apparel, footwear, and home textile products. WALDB is eager to provide this data so that we can learn how to create more sustainable products, and in turn transform the industry into a sustainable one."

Betsy Blaisdell
Vice President, Higg Index, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Pre-competitive collaboration to measure environmental impacts

WALDB brings together partners from the industry in an open and pre-competitive dialogue to address the needs and challenges of environmental footprinting. The partners will work together to expand the database with reliable data on the processes along the apparel and footwear value chains.

Broad spectrum of applications:
Spotting hotspots,
quantifying benefits,
benchmarking,
communication...

WALDB enables apparel and footwear companies to identify environmental hotspots along their value chain as well as to quantify the benefits of improvement and reduction measures and to benchmark individual footprints compared with industry averages.

In addition, credible communications and marketing efforts can be built on sound metric-based footprint data, which can be used for sustainability reporting in full compliance with relevant ISO Standards and with the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative.

More than 300 New Datasets by End of Project

The WALDB partners work together to collect comprehensive datasets based on primary data from the partners and on existing data from scientific studies. The datasets will cover regionalized wool, cotton, leather, silk and man-made fiber supply chains for shirts, pullovers, trousers and shoes. The datasets will continuously be expanded according to the needs of the partners.

Learn more about WALDB and the potential opportunities for your company with the WALDB’s project lead.