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Fashion problem: Sustainability

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Literature Review: Sustainability problem for Fashion

This “Ten Problems for Fashion in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. sustainability,
  2. retail,
  3. quality,
  4. materials,
  5. pollution,
  6. recycling,
  7. human rights,
  8. responsibility,
  9. social media,
  10. funding.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


1 Sustainability

THE PROBLEM — Sustainability is an important aspect of fashion design, whether in producing fibre or the production of fashion design itself. Fashion companies are one of the most contaminating industries in the world with an increase of the consumption of clothes by 50% in the last 10 years. Reducing planetary pressure from the global fashion and textiles industry requires greater recognition of the system’s social drivers. New materials and technological advancements can also help achieve sustainability.

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CONCLUSIONS — Four themes of sustainable fashion are: reduce environmental pollution, increase consumer convenience, reduce costs, and increase societal development. Sustainable fashion companies are focusing on the environmental and social factor by experimenting with sustainable fabrics and working with local people and artisans. Fashion is a social-ecological system and cannot be understood merely by addressing its environmental dimensions. Different actors involved in the discussion around sustainable fashion conduct different discourses regarding what is fair fashion. There is not one straightforward solution to the sustainability problems that the fashion industry faces. Concepts like ‘capsule wardrobe’ propose a reduced but high quality, timeless wardrobe. Through COVID-19, the Chinese apparel industry has unequivocally turned to sustainability and industry-wide changes will soon after occur as well. Companies will only provide more sustainable options and practice more sustainability if consumers demand it. Bacterial cellulose stands out, as a biotechnological polymer that has aroused industrial interest, due to its attractive properties for the fashion industry. Blockchain can support the integration of all actors in the supply chain at the information level, while providing data security, privacy and integrity.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon


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“Ten Problems for Fashion in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2021; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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