Users can apply the system’s default weighting or customize how to weight each impact category. They can also choose to use their own supply-chain data, generic data, or a combination of the two. The calculator outputs results using easy-to-understand graphic visualizations. The BWE TEC can also be used to gauge the environmental performance of textiles that use fiber blends, based on the percentage of each fiber in the blend.
The BWE TEC is especially helpful to product development and design teams, fabric sourcing and sustainability staff, and material suppliers. It can evaluate textiles already used in existing apparel and footwear lines, compare alternative material scenarios, and track overall changes in environmental performance across product lines.