ISSN: 20500742
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 4 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2017
Encouraging more efficient wardrobes through recirculation of idle apparel
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Authors:  Kendra Lapolla And  Elizabeth B.-N. Sanders 
DOI: 10.1386/cc.4.1.45_1

creativity,wardrobe,sustainability,participatory design,textile waste,apparel

Consumption and waste of clothing has dramatically increased in recent decades due to the acceleration of changing fashion trends. As a result of this expanding textile waste, this study explores the closet as a space for waste and further examines how creativity might assist in the reuse and recirculation of idle clothing in wardrobes. One way to encourage more efficient apparel reuse may be through effective recirculation of stored clothing that is no longer worn, yet remains a part of the wardrobe. By adopting participatory design research methods, specifically using stories and storytelling, the researchers aimed to explore how female consumers might use their creativity to reuse/recirculate clothing in their closets that they no longer wear. The data from this study illustrates the possible reasons idle clothing contributes to textile waste. Boredom with the same outfits, lack of time and disorganization are contributing to participants feeling less creative in coming up with new outfit ideas to best utilize their existing garments. Further, new strategies for the recirculation of idle apparel are discussed.
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