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Slowing resource loops in the circular economy : An experimentation approach in fashion retail

Bocken, Nancy LU ; Miller, Karen; Weissbrod, Ilka; Holgado, Maria and Evans, Steve (2019) 5th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, SDM 2018 In Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies 130. p.164-173
Abstract

The Circular Economy is viewed as an important driver for resolving resource issues and tackling sustainability issues more broadly. The fashion industry operates in a largely linear way and suffers from various environmental, societal and economic challenges. In a Circular Economy, first and foremost, products need to be retained at the highest level, thus slowing resource loops. Slowing resource loops goes against current fast fashion trends and therefore appears the most difficult approach to pursue. This paper investigates how a large established retailer aims to slow resource loops as part of a broader project targeted to significantly reduce textile waste to landfill. The retailer collaborated with a university partner to pursue... (More)

The Circular Economy is viewed as an important driver for resolving resource issues and tackling sustainability issues more broadly. The fashion industry operates in a largely linear way and suffers from various environmental, societal and economic challenges. In a Circular Economy, first and foremost, products need to be retained at the highest level, thus slowing resource loops. Slowing resource loops goes against current fast fashion trends and therefore appears the most difficult approach to pursue. This paper investigates how a large established retailer aims to slow resource loops as part of a broader project targeted to significantly reduce textile waste to landfill. The retailer collaborated with a university partner to pursue circular business model experiments. This paper reports on the approach for a slowing resource loops experiment around building sewing capabilities. Suggestions for future research and practice on circular business model experimentation are included.

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Sustainable Design and Manufacturing - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing KES-SDM-18
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Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
editor
Vlacic, Ljubo; Dao, Dzung; Howlett, Robert J.; Setchi, Rossi; ; ; and
volume
130
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10 pages
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Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
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5th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, SDM 2018
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Gold Coast, Australia
conference dates
2018-06-24 - 2018-06-26
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  • scopus:85059098863
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2190-3026
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9783030042899
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10.1007/978-3-030-04290-5_17
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English
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  author       = {Bocken, Nancy and Miller, Karen and Weissbrod, Ilka and Holgado, Maria and Evans, Steve},
  booktitle    = {Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies},
  editor       = {Vlacic, Ljubo and Dao, Dzung and Howlett, Robert J. and Setchi, Rossi},
  isbn         = {9783030042899},
  issn         = {2190-3026},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Gold Coast, Australia},
  pages        = {164--173},
  publisher    = {Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH},
  title        = {Slowing resource loops in the circular economy : An experimentation approach in fashion retail},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04290-5_17},
  volume       = {130},
  year         = {2019},
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