Circular by Design: a model for engaging fashion / textile SME’s with strategies for designed reuse

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Abstract

Fashion / textile SME’s (small to medium enterprises) are currently adding value to previously discarded textile waste by applying their practical skills, knowledge and expertise to rework and reuse. As a result, sustainable design strategies are beginning to emerge such as – zero waste pattern cutting, design for disassembly and upcycling. However, the scope for redesign will always influenced by the first iteration. We really need to consider the complete lifecycle at the front end of the innovation process to optimise lifecycles and reduce post consumer waste. Further work is also required to inspire and educate the next generation of designers to the immense creative potential of reuse, and help the industry to understand its viability, scalability and role in the future (DeCastro, 2014).

At the same time, fashion systems are moving beyond material innovation towards a circular economy to support systemic change for fashion globally. As a result, new business models are beginning to emerge, moving beyond GDP towards different kinds of metrics – which consider people, value systems and behaviour change. This paper explores how the principals of the circular economy and the four pillars of sustainability (environmental, social, economic and human capital) might support business model innovation within fashion and textiles. To achieve this, an exploratory canvas tools for SME’s titled ‘Circular by Design’ was devised to encourage new business ideas and innovation. The canvas tool places strategic design at the centre and supports an assessment of the lifecycle of each asset by mapping the different stakeholders, materials and processes to prototype and conceptualise closed loop systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnmaking Waste 2015
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings
EditorsKatharine Thornton
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherZero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia
Pages489-497
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780994336071
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
EventUnmaking Waste 2015: Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place - University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 21 May 201524 May 2015
http://unmakingwaste2015.org/

Conference

ConferenceUnmaking Waste 2015: Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place
Abbreviated titleUMW 2015
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period21/05/1524/05/15
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Keywords

  • Design
  • Circular economy
  • Tool
  • Textiles

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    Ballie, J., & Woods, M. (2015). Circular by Design: a model for engaging fashion / textile SME’s with strategies for designed reuse. In K. Thornton (Ed.), Unmaking Waste 2015 : Conference Proceedings (pp. 489-497). Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. http://unmakingwaste2015.org/?page_id=2865