Multi-stakeholder perspectives on scaling up UK fashion upcycling businesses

Sung, K. ORCID: 0000-0001-9570-7225, Cooper, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8623-2918, Oehlmann, J., Singh, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9215-0166 and Mont, O., 2020. Multi-stakeholder perspectives on scaling up UK fashion upcycling businesses. Fashion Practice. ISSN 1756-9370

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Fashion upcycling, the process of using waste clothing and textiles to create new products, is an alternative to business-as-usual practices which can effectively address concerns on excessive consumption of energy and material resources and use of chemicals in the fashion industry. Scaling up fashion upcycling businesses could enable the transition of the fashion industry towards sustainability. Past studies in fashion upcycling have paid attention to limited aspects of the businesses, and comprehensive synthesis of viewpoints from diverse stakeholders involved in the business is lacking. This paper provides such a synthesis, focusing on the challenges and success factors for expanding (or scaling up) UK fashion upcycling businesses. Twenty three stakeholders in the UK were interviewed. Four different perspectives (by material suppliers, upcyclers, retailers and consumers) on challenges and success factors for scaling up fashion upcycling businesses in the UK as well as suitable actors to take actions for positive change were identified. Common challenges and success factors across stakeholders were highlighted. The paper further discusses theoretical and practical implications of the study.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Fashion Practice
Creators: Sung, K., Cooper, T., Oehlmann, J., Singh, J. and Mont, O.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 21 April 2020
ISSN: 1756-9370
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 May 2020 10:00
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2021 03:00

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