Textile and Apparel Industries

Applying the Circular Economy Model to Sustainable Fashion Industrial Districts: Case Studies in Europe

Authors
  • Hyeon Jeong Cho (Southeast Missouri State University)
  • Seung-Hee Lee (Southern Illinoise University)

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to examine the cases in Europe that have been renovated into sustainable fashion industrial districts by applying the Circular Economy Model (CEM). Using a systematic literature review (e.g., government reports and websites, academic journal articles), this study chose the Tuscany region of Italy and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France as its geographical context. The results of this case study highlight that despite the fashion industry’s wasteful and polluting nature, sustainable fashion industrial districts in Italy and France have moved to radically reduce their environmental impacts through the introduction of CEM. The fashion industry clusters in these regions diversify their sustainable practices by maximizing the application of reduce, reuse, recycle, and repair. Each district in Italy and France demonstrates the analogous conditions (e.g., enthusiastic government and regional supports) to initiate sustainable fashion industrial districts with the CEM. 

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Cho, H. & Lee, S., (2022) “Applying the Circular Economy Model to Sustainable Fashion Industrial Districts: Case Studies in Europe”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.16014

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
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