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Circular fashion archetypes: a feasibility study exploring how maker spaces might support circular innovation, within the context of fashion and textiles

Ballie, Jen

We live in a ‘throwaway and replace’ culture, our growing population and demand for new products has placed huge pressures on our planet’s resources. Our economy is locked into a system in which everything from production to economics and the way people behave favours a linear model of production and consumption, where resources pass through from sourcing to disposal in a ‘take-make-use-dispose’ construct. Climate instability, volatile commodity prices, ocean dead zones, vanishing forests, stalling economic growth, expanding food insecurity and resource conflicts are all part of the resource to waste linear economics (Grayson, 2008). Any of these are surely justifiable reasons to explore a new pattern. This research presents the findings from a feasibility study exploring Redistributed Manufacture (RDM) in Maker Spaces, using these hubs to experiment with new making practices and processes for reusing local textile waste. With the aim cultivating knowledge, skills and capabilities to grow Circular Economy (CE) practices in Scotland. The exploratory method of developing ‘Circular Fashion Archetypes’ is discussed and applied as a practical solution to connect different stakeholders and prototype a local model for a circular supply chain. The insights drawn from this research act as a starting point for future work, reflecting on the implications of the methods applied, concluding the circular economy is the same imperative whether people are focusing on ecology, economy or just their own business. Furthermore, it will suggest that design-led approaches play a role in embedding collaborative ways of working to integrate sustainability into the business modelling process.
Published in: PLATE – Product lifetimes and the environment : 3rd PLATE Conference, September 18–20, 2019 Berlin, Germany, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin
Published by ISBN 978-3-7983-3125-9