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Circular economy business models in the clothing industry
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Production, consumption and waste managment of clothing is causing severe environmental damage and needs to be transformed. In this thesis the question of how circular economy business models can contribute to make the clothing business more sustainable is investigated. Two small companies in Jämtland, Sweden, are used as case studies. Case A, Rent-a-Plagg, is renting outdoor wear on a ski resort. By providing the possibility to get access instead of ownership they make their customers avoid an unsustainable consumption pattern. This decreases the resource flows through a displacement effect in avoided production. Case B, Saiboo is producing healthcare work wear and they run a research project that aims for developing new technologies to recycle textile fibres. If such technology comes out successfully enough to become realised in a large scale, that could be a big game changer for the clothing sector. These companies are circular in different ways and all forms of circularity will be needed in the future for improving all steps in the waste hierarchy and design out waste.

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2016. , 37 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 324
Keyword [en]
Sustainable development, circular economy, business models, displacement effect, clothing industry
National Category
Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-305352OAI: diva2:1037424
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2016-08-22, Norrland I, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-10-21 Created: 2016-10-14 Last updated: 2016-10-21Bibliographically approved

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