Sustainable Waste Management Strategies in the Fashion Industry Sector

By Geetha Dissanayake and Pammi Sinha.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability

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Textile waste can be either pre-consumer or post-consumer. In recent years, post-consumer textile waste has gained increased attention, both within the industry and academia, due to environmental concerns. The emergence of fast fashion culture and the throwaway attitude of consumers build up mountains of unwanted fashion clothing disposed of in landfill sites. This paper analyses recycling, reusing and refashioning as three alternative strategies for waste management in the fashion industry sector. Based on empirical data collected by using a multiple case study approach, the paper discusses the concept of each strategy, and associated sustainability impacts of employing each strategy in practical terms. Suggestions are provided on the development of waste diversion programs and sustainable business models for the developing economies.

Keywords: Fashion Sustainability, Reuse, Recycle, Refashion, Waste Management

The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.77-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.938MB).

Geetha Dissanayake

PhD Student, Department of Textile and Paper, School of Materials, Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Geetha is currently a PhD student at the department of Textile and Paper and the Sustainable Consumption Institute, The Univeristy of Manchester, UK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (Textile and Clothing Technology) and Management Accounting qualifications form the Charted Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA), UK. Prior to her PhD position at SCI, Geetha had worked as lecturer in Textile and Clothing Technology at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and also held executive positions at MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, a leading apparel manufacturing company in Sri Lanka. Geetha’s PhD is supported by the prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin postgraduate award and the SCI DTC studentship. Her research seeks developing remanufacturing solutions for the end of life textile waste. Her specialization and research interests include sustainable fashion and textiles, end of life waste management, reverse supply chain, and remanufacturing.

Pammi Sinha

Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader (Textiles), Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK