ARTA Green Summit LCAs give reusable textiles the advantage over disposables

The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) recently held a sold out Green Summit in Quebec City, July 22-23, drawing more than 130 attendees including international attendees from the Netherlands, South Africa and New Zealand. The education conference was the largest ARTA has held to date. At the Green Summit, researchers presented two new Life Cycle Analyses (LCAs). Both gave reusable textiles an environmental advantage over disposable single-use items. "Our goal in holding the Green Summit was to begin a dialogue within the industry on how we can best meet sustainability challenge and begin to take advantage of opportunities in 2010 and beyond," said ARTA president, Steve Tinker of Gurtler Industries.