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The Remanufacturing Industry and Fashion

  • Pammi SinhaEmail author
  • Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
  • Geetha Dissanayake
Chapter
Part of the Environmental Footprints and Eco-design of Products and Processes book series (EFEPP)

Abstract

Remanufacturing is a crucial element of the circular economy (APSRG in Triple win: the economic, social and environmental case for remanufacturing, 2014b). Products at the end of their lives are reclaimed, disassembled and eventually returned to the consumer as fully functional products (APSRG in Remanufacturing: towards a resource efficient economy, 2014a). Increasing concerns about the predicted global rise of the middle-class population and their consumption patterns (to 5 billion by 2030) as resources become scarcer, environmental standards and regulations become tighter and more stringent. The circular economy approach rewards businesses that operate on the cradle-to-cradle concept, extracting value from waste (Ellen MacAruther Foundation in Towards the circular economy, opportunities for the consumer goods sector, 2013). Along with the environmental benefits, the remanufacturing promises to contribute to job creation, innovations and new business models, new marketing channels and product service systems (APSRG in Triple win: the economic, social and environmental case for remanufacturing, 2014b). This chapter examines the term “remanufacture” and presents a definition for remanufactured fashion, and it considers the differences between the terms “upcycle” and “remanufacture” and introduces the notion of product labelling of remanufactured garments.

Keywords

Remanufacture Upcycle Fashion Like-new Reuse Repair Product labelling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pammi Sinha
    • 1
    Email author
  • Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
    • 2
  • Geetha Dissanayake
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.SGS Hong Kong LimitedHong KongHong Kong
  3. 3.University of MoratuwaMoratuwaSri Lanka

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