Supply Chain Management
Fashion Industry and Sustainability: A Circular Economy Approach

Article Details
Pub. Date : Dec 21
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSCM21221
Author Name : Hemantha Y*
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Strategic
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No. of Pages : 19



Circular fashion approach plays a significant role in fashion and textile manufacturing, which global fashion houses have adopted to be sustainable in future. This study addresses the conceptual contours for understanding circular fashion by presenting an extensive literature review on the same. The study presents the benefits of circular fashion and the detrimental effects of linear economy on biosphere, and recommends shifting to circular economy. Further, the paper traces the developments in circular fashion in terms of redesigning recycling system, sourcing, chemical recycling, etc.


The fashion industry is heading towards circular fashion (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017; and Khandual and Pradhan, 2019). In fact, fashion houses have realized the importance of this approach, which is gaining traction across fashion and textile manufacturing (Gordon et al., 2015; Gregson et al., 2015; and Lacey and Rutqvist, 2015). In this context, sustainable development is the key (Pedersen and Gwozdz, 2014) for achieving goals in terms of reuse, recycling and refurbishing, and eventually for reducing environmental degradation and conserving natural resources.

Against this background, this paper has two objectives: firstly, it provides evidence for the existing understanding of circular fashion and sustainability using extant literature; secondly, it discusses a few aspects considered vital in fashion and textile industry which constitute sustainability. This paper addresses the benefits derived from circular fashion and a new paradigm of sustainability.