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An exploratory study of Swedish and Romanian organisations to investigate upcycling practice in the clothing industry
Department of Fashion Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kangra, India.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management. Department of Business Administration and Textile Management, The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2015-6275
Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden; Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland.
2023 (English)In: Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, ISSN 1560-6074Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The process of redesigning is one of the essential steps in upcycling, which comprises ideation, reconstruction and fitting. This paper aims to study the best practice of upcycling in the clothing industry. This study is an attempt to standardise upcycling/redesign process.

Design/methodology/approach

An exploratory approach was adopted to perform the research. This study draws on the multiple organisations involved in the upcycling of clothes. The organisations chosen for this study are located in Sweden and Romania using the snowball technique. Semi-structured interviews, direct and participatory observation approaches were used to collect information. The collected data are systematically analysed using NVivo 10 software.

Findings

This paper provides empirical insights into the diverse practices of upcycling. Process, product and demand-based were three fundamental approaches to performing the redesigning process. The fabric quality and durability, variations in size, colour and pattern, skills and efforts required in the extraction of parts and environmental consciousness and awareness were the main factors influencing upcycling process.

Research limitations/implications

The use of the European case may miss best practices from the other region. This study may help scholars to understand the method of upcycling. A practitioner of upcycling can use the findings to improve and standardise the existing process. This research is beneficial for society, as this leads to the reduction of textile wastage.

Originality/value

This paper conceptualises some of the best practices of clothes redesign. This provides a good insight for the organisation for the improvement in the redesign business.Keywords

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Emerald , 2023.
Keywords [en]
upcycling, redesigning, remanufacturing, reverse value chain, closed-loop value chain
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Economics and Business Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40960DOI: 10.1108/rjta-04-2022-0048ISI: 000911797500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85146218841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-40960DiVA, id: diva2:1731905
Available from: 2023-01-30 Created: 2023-01-30 Last updated: 2023-02-02Bibliographically approved

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