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Ekologi som kommersiell vara
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesisAlternative title
Ecology as a commercial product (English)
Abstract [en]

Organic cotton has been in the medias field of vision for quite some time. This interest also reflects in a growing awareness in the textile industry where more and more companies today offer organic cotton in their product range. With this in mind we question whether organic cotton has become a viable commercial product. We also acknowledge there is a lacking of understanding the complex problems that organic cotton manufacture involves, for example the huge effort and cost required for a transition from conventional to organic cotton farming. The purpose of this paper was to study how textile, ecology and competition today are being combined by companies. We wanted with our investigation to find out whether companies in the textile industry use ecology as a competitive advantage. Moreover the purpose of this paper was to reproduce a comprehensive image of organic cotton which enabled us to determine if the medias positive image is correct. We choose to examine our work on the basis of a company perspective which resulted in delimitation from the consumer’s perspective. The scientific approach of the study has been qualitative with the goal to produce a deeper understanding of our problems. The empirical material mainly consists of interviews done with our three case companies, Dunderdon, Dem Collective and Kappahl. The companies are differing in both size and characteristics which was a deliberate choice. We think this selection made it possible for us to examine various perspectives of the textile industry despite our meagre resources. In the theoretical frame of reference we have chosen to use Porter’s Five Forces, Kotler & Armstrong’s communication model and Holm’s model which explains the relationship between a company’s identity, profile and image. The interviews have been interpreted and analysed in relation to given theories and models. Our interpretation and analysis showed that all case companies had a strong environmental policy and a genuine interest to work for a sustainable development, which they all expressed through their organic product range. The study showed that none of the companies deliberately or directly uses organic products in a marketing purpose. We have hence come to the conclusion that textile companies do not use ecology in order to obtain competitive advantages. Our study also enabled us to establish that the medias positive portrayal of organic cotton is incorrect, which we indirectly believe has had an impact on the low demand in organic cotton products.

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University of Borås/Swedish School of Textiles , 2008.
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Keywords [en]
organic cotton, ecology, competitive advantage, commercial goods, trend
Keywords [sv]
ekologisk bomull, ekologi, konkurrensfördel, kommersiell vara
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-19068Local ID: 2320/3956OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-19068DiVA, id: diva2:1311002
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Program: Textilekonomutbildningen

Uppsatsnivå: C

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