There are several questions posed in this research project, which has a time-frame of three years.
How can a multidisciplinary approach to waste reduction contribute to reduce the material flow and turning waste into material resources?
How may a reverse life cycle approach to ecological design increase our understanding of the potentials and barriers for change?
How can this approach contribute to reduce the material flow along the value chain, and increase the re-use and recycling of the textiles?
To which degree can designers contribute in turning waste into material resources, and what is the potential for up-scaling niche innovations in to mass production?
What is the role of political authorities in overcoming barriers for change and how are they able to stimulate the reduction of the material flow?
There are six work-packages:
WP1. Analysis of textile waste, interviews with stakeholders
Point of departure is public statistical material from Norway, and stakeholder interviews
WP2. The use of clothes within household
About 15 selected households - one year. clothing acquisitions and collect clothes taken out of use.
WP3. Maintenance of clothes
What can be done by product-design to reduce the impact of the washing process, through new washing habits and choice of materials. Active partner Lilleborg.
WP4. What can we learn from history?
WP5. Creative design innovations
Involvement of design schools in a creative explosion. construct scenarios for textile consumption; and construct products in line with the specifically identified challenges.
Active partners: Design schools in London (UK), Borås(S) and Oslo (N).
WP6. Challenging the industry: from small to large scale working groups where designers will present their work to the textile and recycling industry. potential in up-scaling their small-scale innovations.
Active partners: Design schools, Norrøna, and other textile industry.