Managing sustainability in the fashion business: challenges in product development for clothing longevity in the UK

Goworek, H., Oxborrow, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-2795-8131, Claxton, S., Cooper, T.H. ORCID: 0000-0001-8623-2918, Hill, H. and McLaren, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9909-5403, 2020. Managing sustainability in the fashion business: challenges in product development for clothing longevity in the UK. Journal of Business Research, 117, pp. 629-641. ISSN 0148-2963

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Abstract

The production, distribution and disposal phases of the clothing life cycle all create environmental impacts, but life cycle assessment has found that extending garments' active life via design, maintenance and re-use of clothing is an effective method of reducing the environmental sustainability impacts of the clothing industry. The research in this article adopts a qualitative methodology focused on interviews with stakeholders from companies in the clothing sector. With regard to actions to support sustainability through clothing longevity, a range of responses were analysed thematically, alongside other key issues in clothing longevity, one of the most consistent themes being improvement in knowledge and skills. This study found that challenges to enhancing clothing longevity could be addressed via improved knowledge, skills, process and infrastructure, if managerial decisions were taken to reduce barriers to longevity and to enhance the agency of NPD teams in this respect.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Business Research
Creators: Goworek, H., Oxborrow, L., Claxton, S., Cooper, T.H., Hill, H. and McLaren, A.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: September 2020
Volume: 117
ISSN: 0148-2963
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.07.021DOI
S0148296318303345Publisher Item Identifier
676912Other
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 02 Aug 2018 11:16
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2020 09:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34228

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