From speed to volume: reframing clothing production and consumption for an environmentally sound apparel sector

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Abstract

The article highlights the limitations of speed as a framework for discussing and tackling the environmental challenges of growing clothing volumes or quantities. This argument builds on a series of wardrobe studies mapping the number of clothing items owned, purchased, and disposed of by 25 people during six months, and the reasons behind purchase and disposal. The results indicate that clothing consumption is rarely driven by replacement and that opportunity plays a main role. These characteristics of clothing consumption explain why it takes more than producing long-lasting garments to reduce clothing demand. Rather than delaying the disposal of garments, a more straight-forward focus on reducing production is needed, that is the contribution of a volume-centric approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLATE, Product Lifetimes and the Environment conference proceedings
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherTU Berlin
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
Event3rd PLATE 2019 Conference - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 18 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

Conference

Conference3rd PLATE 2019 Conference
Abbreviated titlePLATE 2019
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period18/09/1920/09/19

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