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Garment quality and product lifetimes

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dc.contributor.author Piippo, Riikka
dc.contributor.author Niinimäki, Kirsi
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-17T20:40:05Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-17T20:40:05Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10244
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industrial sectors in the world and its environmental impacts are enormous. Garments are produced effectively, sold for a low price, have low quality, and are used for a very short time before ending up in growing textile waste streams. One critical aspect in the sustainability context is the lifespan of garments. Short garment lifespans are the result of low quality, rapidly changing trends and consumer dissatisfaction, which leads to early disposal. This study focused on the issue of garment quality and how it can be connected to product lifetime. The research was based on a case study approach, including company interviews. It examined the companies’ work on quality and aimed to make the ways in which quality impacts product lifetimes visible. The data were analysed in accordance with the principles of descriptive analysis and the discussion was further applied to the circular economy context. Five main themes were identified from the data: product and material quality, lifespan quality, quality of responsibility, quality of service, and operational quality. Garment quality is an important factor, even in a circular economy context. Technical quality can extend the use time of a garment and even enhance the circularity of materials in the waste phase. High quality allows the products and materials to circulate in the system for a longer time. Quality is still important at the end of a product’s lifespan, as high quality waste material is easier to up-cycle into new fibres. We bring the quality discussion to a new level by also examining lifetime quality in a CE context. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4th PLATE 2021 Virtual Conference, 26-28 May 2021;
dc.subject quality en_US
dc.subject circular economy en_US
dc.subject garment en_US
dc.subject fashion en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.title Garment quality and product lifetimes en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.31880/10344/10244
dc.contributor.sponsor Academy of Finland
dc.relation.projectid 327299
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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