Slowing resource loops in the Circular Economy: an experimentation approach in fashion retail

Bocken, Nancy, Miller, Karen, Weissbrod, Ilka, Holgado, Maria and Evans, Steve (2018) Slowing resource loops in the Circular Economy: an experimentation approach in fashion retail. Published in: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2018. KES-SDM 2018. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. 130 164-173. Springer ISBN 9783030042899

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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 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.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD9000 Special industries and trades > HD9720 Manufacturing industries > HD9850 Textile industries
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
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Depositing User: Maria Holgado Granados
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 14:26
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2019 14:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/77526

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