Implementing a circular business model in an SME manufacturer of a plastic packaging product

Clouth S.(a), Thomas B.(a) and Wright D.(b) a) Resource Futures, Bristol, United Kingdom b) Phineas Products Ltd, Bristol, United Kingdom Keywords: Resource efficiency; circular economy; closed loop recycling; LCA; product re-use. Abstract: In 2013/14 Resource Futures led a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded study to determine the feasibility of implementing a circular economic business model […]

From rag trade to retail: garment failure and the potential for sustainable fashion

Cooper T.(a), Hughes M.(b) and Claxton S.(b) a) School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK b) School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK Keywords: clothing longevity; durability; quality; consumer behaviour; sustainability. Abstract: Around 1.8 million tonnes of clothing waste is generated annually in the UK, accounting […]

Locating custodial possession in a consumer society

Crocker R. Zero Waste SA Research SD+B, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia Keywords: consumerism and the environment; history of consumption; custodial consumption. Abstract: ‘Consumerism’ can be seen as an ideological term referring to a relatively new and contested phenomenon, the advent of mass-consumption and its transformative effects in the twentieth century. Social practices […]

Fast fashion, quality and longevity: a complex relationship

Day C.(a), Beverley K.(b) and Lee A.(a) a) School of Art, Design & Architecture, University of Huddersfield, UK b) Ecodesign Centre, PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK Keywords: fast fashion; quality; longevity. Abstract: The findings of a systematic literature review on fast fashion and quality are presented. The key findings are that: (i) the term quality […]

Analysing impacts of product life extension through material flow analysis: the case of EEE and paper

Domenech T. and Van Ewijk S. Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, UK Keywords: Material Flow Analysis; WEEE; paper flows; extension of product life; policy interventions. Abstract: Material consumption is an important driver for environmental pollution. Total material throughput can be reduced through the extension of product life. The paper suggests Material Flow Analysis […]

Objects are actors too: the ‘hack-a-thing’ workshop series as a case for revising new user-object relationships

Dreessen K.(a), Schepers S.(a) and Huybrechts L.(b) a) Social Spaces|CUO, research-unit Inter-Actions, Luca, School of Arts, Genk, Belgium b) ArcK research group, Faculty of Architecture and Arts, UHasselt, Diepenbeek, Belgium Keywords: hacking; Actor-Network Theory; user-object relationships; infrastructuring processes; FabLab. Abstract: In this paper, we explore if introducing local youth to the context and opportunities of […]

Designing for fast and slow circular fashion systems: exploring strategies for multiple and extended product cycles

Earley R. and Goldsworthy K. University of the Arts London, UK Keywords: lifecycle design; practice-based; fast and slow fashion; disposable and durable materials. Abstract: This paper reviews work conducted by practiced-based textile design researchers based at the University of the Arts London (UAL) who were part of the multi-disciplinary, Swedish-based Mistra Future Fashion research consortium […]

Understanding the caring practices of users

Gwilt A., Leaver J., Fisher M. and Young G. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom Keywords: caring; maintenance; user behaviour; design. Abstract: This paper explores how people extend and preserve the life of specific objects and domestic spaces through ‘caring’, drawing on early findings from an empirical study conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers […]

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