• Awareness-raising
  • Behavior
  • Public policy
  • Textile
Amount granted


The proposal takes a broad look at the phenomenon of fast fashion (FF) and, more specifically, at the destruction of unsold inventory by retailers. It considers the upstream decisions that are responsible for the harmful practices and the lack of circular end-of-life options for unsold goods. The theoretical model that is developed will explore how public policy influences the environmental impact of FF.

The project is in follow-up to the confirmation of the linearity of the apparel sector and additional burden created by FF and reinforces the need to develop a model of mechanisms and incentives that can have a positive impact on decision-making by retailers with respect to their unsold inventories.

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

1.3 – Identify means to mobilize all societal stakeholders for the circular economy

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

2.4 – Plan and optimize the production of products and delivery of services in the context of the circular economy

Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization

3.1 – Map the knowledge and potential of product circularization

Axis 4: Policy levers

4.1 – Monitor new knowledge, create an inventory and carry out priority-setting exercises for levers and strategies


  • Sophie Bernard

    Full Professor


Pedro Cybis

Polytechnique Montréal
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec