Addressing the Dialogue between Design, Sorting and Recycling in a Circular Economy

Essi Karell*, Kirsi Niinimäki

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Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliConference articleScientificvertaisarvioitu

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What kinds of implications does 'design for recycling' have for the designer's role and practice in the context of textiles and fashion? In this paper, we approach this question by discussing the problem of low textile recycling rates alongside a disconnection between clothing design and textile recycling. Qualitative interviews with design, sorting and recycling experts were conducted to gather insights into the challenges and requirements of closed-loop recycling. The research findings underline the importance of an active dialogue between these stakeholder groups, which calls for novel ways of sharing knowledge of the latest advancements in sorting and recycling technologies. In addition, the study brings forth the priority order of design considerations and proposes 'design for sorting' as a new strategy for textile circularity. The paper contributes to the ongoing discussion on design practice in a circular fashion system and the required changes in the mind-set of the entire industry.

JulkaisuDesign Journal
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 1 huhtikuuta 2019
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaInternational European Academy of Design Conference: Running with Scissors - University of Dundee, Dundee, Iso-Britannia
Kesto: 10 huhtikuuta 201912 huhtikuuta 2019
Konferenssinumero: 12

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