Fast fashion: destruction of unsold items and public

Description

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.

Themes

  • Circular economy
  • Consumer awareness
  • Consumer behavior
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Sustainable consumption and supply
  • Textile circularity

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization

Axis 4: Policy levers

Amount granted

$15,000
Reduction and creative recovery of textile waste, social awareness and artistic practices

Description

Global clothing manufacturing more than doubled between 2000 and 2015, and the industry is pursuing its rapid expansion, mainly owing to the fast fashion phenomenon.  The textile industry’s model must therefore be transformed to evolve into a more circular one.

In an effort to counter textile waste in Québec, textile research and innovation centre Vestechpro is seeking to develop knowledge related to the life cycle analysis (LCA) of garments to raise awareness of the importance of adopting better textile consumption habits (source reduction). With that in mind, Vestechpro created a research platform equipped with a defibrator to recycle fabrics, since defibration enables the development of niche applications, including the transformation of textile waste into sculptures.

The project’s objectives are two-fold:

  1. Develop knowledge and analysis tools related to the garment life cycle. The results of the LCA and specifically the carbon footprint of a garment and the amount of water consumed will be used to raise awareness among Québec consumers.
  2. Transform textile waste for artistic purposes to minimize waste to landfill by creating sculptures from recycled fibres whose characteristics are in line with the concepts of new artistic applications.

Themes

  • Artistic practices
  • Consumer awareness
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Sculpture
  • Source reduction
  • Textile circularity
  • Textile waste
  • Transformation of materials
  • Works of art

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

Collaborators

Adam St-Laurent

Chargé de projet Vestechpro

Helen Brunet

Directrice Vestechpro

José Carlos Ferreira Junior

Doctorant ÉTS

Amount granted

$15,000
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec