The American Reusable Textile Association, or ARTA, recently published a life cycle assessment of isolation gowns. We share their findings with permission.
Isolation gown life cycle results continue the conclusions from six other reusable/disposable gown/coverall studies that show reusables provide a significant improvement when compared to disposables in energy, environmental footprint, blue water, and energy associated emissions. Blue water represents water that is used and not returned to the source, and thus represents depletion of a fresh water source.
Isolation gowns were studied thoroughly from material extraction from the earth, to the manufacture of the gown product, to use/laundry/reuse, to final end-of-life. This scope and the results emphasize transparent, science-based life cycle analysis.
The life cycle results are easily tailored to individual companies with similar products. They can expand on this report for their own specific products that might have differences and thus save money on any new life cycle.
The ARTA-IAHTM Isolation Gown LCA was funded by the ARTA Life Cycle Assessment Committee. Read the complete study in the August 2018 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
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