Circular Fashion: A Supply Chain for Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industry

Circular Fashion: A Supply Chain for Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industry

by Peggy Blum
Circular Fashion: A Supply Chain for Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industry

Circular Fashion: A Supply Chain for Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industry

by Peggy Blum


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Creating sustainable fashion has never been more important. Circular Fashion provides an accessible, practical, and holistic approach to this key topic for anyone studying fashion or who just loves clothes and wants to make better choices.

This introductory text to sustainability in fashion includes best practice case studies and profiles of companies such as Patagonia, Veja, Christopher Raeburn, and Stella McCartney. It begins with an overview of the fashion business, tackling the issues of the linear production model of make, use, dispose, before exploring the idea of the circular supply chain across all areas of the industry.

Circular Fashion is the must-have book for students, creatives and anyone passionate about sustainability and fashion.

"A marvelous book that hits the target exactly. It is written in a clear and organized manner. It covers the history of materials in a storytelling manner that keeps the reader interest. It is a broad-based explanation in a nutshell of the whole move to Circularity." Caroline Daniels, Babson College

"This book matches what we cover in class and provides another perspective." Melinda Adam, University of the Incarnate Word

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786278876
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2021
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,153,575
Product dimensions: 7.55(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peggy Blum is an award-winning university professor with 30 years' experience, who enjoys teaching students better ways to consume fashion. She advises and participates in sustainable fashion education initiatives around the world, and has consulted on projects for fashion designers, magazines and trend agencies in New York, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Evolution of the Fashion Industry 6

The Domestic System: 1300-1750

The Factory System: 1760-1830

The Dawn of Ready-To-Wear

Planned Obsolescence

Part 1 Create 16

Chapter 1 A Circular Mindset

The Circle Game

Circular Fashion

Changing the Mindset

Chapter 2 Design Thinking and Rethinking 28

Traditional Design Thought

Design Thinking

Circular Fashion

Design Considerations

Case Study #1 Create 42

Part 2 Make 44

Chapter 3 Materials 46

Global Resource Use

Circular Cycles

Circularity and Resources

Natural Materials

Artificial and Synthetic Fibers

Biowaste Materials

Chapter 4 Processing 70

Chemical Use

Water Use

Land USE Greenhouse Gases

Assessment Tools

Chapter 5 People and Production 80

The Global Assembly Line



Industry 4.0


Case Study #2 Make 94

Part 3 Market 96

Chapter 6 Logistics and Transport 98



Chapter 7 Retail 110

Retail Reality

Circular Retail Models

Chapter 8 Marketing 118

Sustainability Marketing

Marketing "Circular Fashion"

Case Study #3 Market 126

Part 4 USE/Care/Repair 128

Chapter 9 Consumption 130


Consumer as Activists

Brands as Activists

Sustainable (and Circular) Consumption

Principles of Sustainable Consumption

Chapter 10 Tools, Assessments, and Standards 142

Circular Criteria

B Corporations

Product Life Cycle

The Higg Index

Cradle to Cradle Certification

Case Study #4 USE/Care/Repair 150

Part 5 Renew 152

Chapter 11 End of USE 154

Waste Not, Want Not

Extended Producer

Responsibility (EPR)

Tale-Back Programs




Chapter 12 Collaboration and Innovation 162



Case Study #5 Renew 168

Glossary, Index & Resources 170

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