Contributions of social manufacturing to sustainable apparel industry

Babak Mohajeri, Timo Nyberg, Jesse Karjalainen, Mark Nelson, Gang Xiong

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The global apparel and textile market has been changed considerably during the recent years. At the one hand, new trends and consumer preferences for different styles and fashion products emerge continuously, thus the apparel industry becomes more mass customized. On the other hand, attention to social and environmental sustainability has been dramatically increased in the entire industry. However, the current fast-changing fashion trends result to significant environmental and resource depletion problems in the textile lifecycle. As a result, the apparel industry should consider sustainable manufacturing strategies. The current options such as organic fibers and environmentally safe dyes seem promising. Nonetheless, there are significant challenges for apparel manufacturers and retailers to capitalize sustainability. To address these problems, in this paper, we develop a conceptual model of Social Manufacturing for the apparel industry. We study the current value chain of the apparel industry and identify its challenges from the sustainability's view. Then, we propose a new model to improve the sustainability throughout the value chain of the apparel industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, SOLI 2016
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509029273
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics - Beijing, China
Duration: 10 Jul 201612 Jul 2016


ConferenceInternational Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics
Abbreviated titleSOLI


  • Apparel Industry
  • Social Manufacturing
  • sustainability
  • Value chain


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