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A Romanian case study of clothes and accessories upcycling
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Value Chain Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7193-5362
TU Iasi.
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Value Chain Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2015-6275
Soochow University.
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2019 (English)In: Industria textila, Vol. 70, no 3, p. 285-290Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
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Abstract [en]

The present paper aims to investigate the practice of upcycling and redesign. The study draws on the multiple organizations involved in the redesigning activities. The organizations selected for the study are located in the northern part of Romania. Semi-structured interviews along with direct observations were used to collect information. The paper provides practical insights to upcycling process.Various kinds of redesigned products are made out of consumer and industrial wastes such as redesigned clothes, accessories for ladies, handbags, ladies purses and office stationery. Upcycling is generally considered as economically non-feasible. However, this study has found contradictory results. The demand-based redesign activities can help an organization to earn a profit. Two out of three selected organizations are able to self-sustain. One of the organizations is newly entered into the Romanian used clothing markets and ables to compete with existing players. This study could be seen as one of the early attempts to empirically explore the practice of textile and accessories upcycling practice in Eastern Europe. The findings from the current case study can provide several useful insights for other similar companies to make redesign activities profitable.

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2019. Vol. 70, no 3, p. 285-290
Keywords [en]
upcycling, redesign, clothes, leather, accessories
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Economics and Business
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Textiles and Fashion (General); Business and IT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21871DOI: 10.35530/IT.070.03.1500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-21871DiVA, id: diva2:1362446
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