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Application of sustainable production in the textile industry from the perspective of waste prevention : a case study of upcycling

Tung, Min-Chu LU (2013) In Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science MESM01 20131
LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
Abstract
This study aims to understand how the concept of sustainable production has been addressed in the textile industry, focusing in particular on textile waste prevention. The objectives of this study are twofold. The first is to acquire knowledge about how researchers have addressed the topic of textile waste prevention and the main findings. The second objective is to conduct a case study of upcycled garment projects in cooperation between Estonia and Bangladesh, with the aim to analyze whether upcycling is a feasible option for waste prevention, and to acknowledge the challenges in practicing waste prevention in reality by exploring the case in detail. The method applied in this study is a qualitative case study, supplemented by data... (More)
This study aims to understand how the concept of sustainable production has been addressed in the textile industry, focusing in particular on textile waste prevention. The objectives of this study are twofold. The first is to acquire knowledge about how researchers have addressed the topic of textile waste prevention and the main findings. The second objective is to conduct a case study of upcycled garment projects in cooperation between Estonia and Bangladesh, with the aim to analyze whether upcycling is a feasible option for waste prevention, and to acknowledge the challenges in practicing waste prevention in reality by exploring the case in detail. The method applied in this study is a qualitative case study, supplemented by data collected from the literature review and interviews.

The findings from my case study are: 1) Upcycling of garments from textile industrial waste is a feasible waste prevention option in the studied factory, and may also be viable for other textile factories with similar capabilities. 2) Stakeholder relationships are the key factor for the success of upcycled garment projects. 3) The IP2M framework requires too much proficiency for the participant factory to follow each step; however, IP2M may still be an effective tool for comprehensive waste prevention plans. Both the research evidence and case findings strongly indicate that the theoretical concepts of IE and waste prevention have been applied in practice. Based on the research findings, I suggest, first, that a mechanism that supports the building of strong stakeholder relationships is urgently needed; and second, that in general, textile manufacturers will require professional assistance for implementing waste prevention strategies. The outcomes of this study can serve as a reference for evaluating the extent to which SCP is practiced in the textile industry, and further, to guide stakeholders in planning future directions for SCP. (Less)
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author
Tung, Min-Chu LU
supervisor
organization
course
MESM01 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
industrial ecology, waste prevention, sustainable consumption and production, textile industry, upcycling, Bangladesh, sustainability science
publication/series
Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
report number
2013:010
language
English
id
3812384
date added to LUP
2013-06-14 16:57:37
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2013-06-19 14:15:39
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  abstract     = {This study aims to understand how the concept of sustainable production has been addressed in the textile industry, focusing in particular on textile waste prevention. The objectives of this study are twofold. The first is to acquire knowledge about how researchers have addressed the topic of textile waste prevention and the main findings. The second objective is to conduct a case study of upcycled garment projects in cooperation between Estonia and Bangladesh, with the aim to analyze whether upcycling is a feasible option for waste prevention, and to acknowledge the challenges in practicing waste prevention in reality by exploring the case in detail. The method applied in this study is a qualitative case study, supplemented by data collected from the literature review and interviews. 

The findings from my case study are: 1) Upcycling of garments from textile industrial waste is a feasible waste prevention option in the studied factory, and may also be viable for other textile factories with similar capabilities. 2) Stakeholder relationships are the key factor for the success of upcycled garment projects. 3) The IP2M framework requires too much proficiency for the participant factory to follow each step; however, IP2M may still be an effective tool for comprehensive waste prevention plans. Both the research evidence and case findings strongly indicate that the theoretical concepts of IE and waste prevention have been applied in practice. Based on the research findings, I suggest, first, that a mechanism that supports the building of strong stakeholder relationships is urgently needed; and second, that in general, textile manufacturers will require professional assistance for implementing waste prevention strategies. The outcomes of this study can serve as a reference for evaluating the extent to which SCP is practiced in the textile industry, and further, to guide stakeholders in planning future directions for SCP.},
  author       = {Tung, Min-Chu},
  keyword      = {industrial ecology,waste prevention,sustainable consumption and production,textile industry,upcycling,Bangladesh,sustainability science},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science},
  title        = {Application of sustainable production in the textile industry from the perspective of waste prevention : a case study of upcycling},
  year         = {2013},
}