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Feasibility of conditional design: Organizing a circular textile value chain by design principles

In recent years the increased awareness of the need for conservation of resources and environmental sustainability has brought a focus on the potential for a circular economy in textiles and fashion. Commissioned by the Region of Västra Götaland, a number of investigations were carried out during 2015-2019, related to redesign, reuse and recycling of textile materials and products, at the Swedish School of Textiles and Science Park Borås.

The objectives of the reports, where feasibility is a keyword, is to develop structures for circular processes in the textile industry, in order to create new business opportunities and use less planetary resources. The focus is to design for longevity, through conditional design, redesign and remanufacturing and service innovation, and to ensure that the resulting circular processes are technically, organizationally and economically feasible.

In the second report, the feasibility of conditional design is assessed. Conditional design is a concept that involves defining systematically the design elements that are relevant to apply in the design process for both longevity and recyclability. The report on conditional design focuses on the feasibility of service innovation, while intending to answer the following issues, having also in mind to maintain or increase the attractiveness of the products:

  1. Can the design/construction phase decisively influence the characteristics of the product, so that the prerequisites for circular, sustainable flows will be significantly improved?
  2. Which are then the key critical factors?
  3. What is the future for different scenarios?
  4. What is in that case a feasible way out for the concrete implementation of a strategy that positively affects the entire textile value chain?

Herausgeber*in/Autor*in: The Swedisch School of Textiles, Science Park Boras, re:textile; Autor*innen: Jan Carlsson, Alison Gwilt, Jonas Larsson , Heikki Mattila, Rudrajeet Pal, Håkan Torstensson. Anna Lidström
Medienart: Hintergrundinformation
Erscheinungsjahr: 2019
Zielgruppe: Student*innen, Erwachsene
Sprache: Englisch
Umfang: 82 Seiten
Bezug: kostenfrei zum Download

Suchbegriffe: Altkleider, Design, Europa, Lebenszyklus, Kreislaufwirtschaft, Marktentwicklung, Nachhaltigkeit, Upcycling, Secondhand, Sortieren, Designstrategien

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