Title: A design framework for enabling sustainability in the clothing sector

Authors: Aguinaldo Dos Santos; Fabrizio Ceschin; Suzana Barreto Martins; Carlo Vezzoli

Addresses: Design Department, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil ' Brunel University London, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Department of Design, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, UK ' Design Department, State University of Londrina, Brazil ' Politecnico di Milano, INACO Department, Unit of Research Design and System Innovation for Sustainability (DIS), Milan, Italy

Abstract: This article discusses general strategies to enable environmental sustainability within the clothing sector, providing a framework for decision makers involved in the development of programs and policies for this sector. It initially revises the environmental impact of the clothing system and determines its key environmental sustainability priorities. The framework involves five evolutionary strategies for enabling sustainable consumption and production: 1) environmental improvement of flows throughout the supply chain; 2) environmental redesign of existing clothes; 3) design of new clothes intrinsically more sustainable; 4) design of cloth-service systems and 5) promoting life styles towards sufficient consumption. The practical implications of each strategy is analysed based on correspondent ex-post-facto case studies identified in Brazil, using data collected through literature review and desktop research.

Keywords: environmental sustainability; clothing industry; garment industry; apparel industry; fashion industry; sustainable development; supply chain management; SCM; clothing redesign; design for sustainability; DfS; clothes design; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/LAJMSD.2016.078615

Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development, 2016 Vol.3 No.1, pp.47 - 65

Received: 18 Aug 2014
Accepted: 09 Apr 2015

Published online: 24 Aug 2016 *

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