Wageningen University & Research: Circular Fashion: Design, Science and Value in a Sustainable Clothing Industry
The fundamentals of circular fashion unraveled, learn about circularity in all steps of the fashion value chain. From new textile materials and circular design all the way to business modelling.
Circular Fashion: Design, Science and Value in a Sustainable Clothing Industry
About this courseSkip About this course
The fashion industry has a large influence on the global economy and is more and more known for its social and environmental impact. Everywhere, new sustainable initiatives are arising from recycling, upcycling to creating clothes from compostable materials. Circularity tough, is a complex phenomenon. What will the future bring us? Are we indeed going to decompose our clothes in our own garden?
The MOOC Circular Fashion: Design, Science and Value in a Sustainable Clothing Industry brings you a comprehensive introduction in circular fashion brought to you by roughly thirty different experts from both academia and practice. You will learn about the versatile task of transitioning towards circular fashion, from the unique collaboration between Wageningen University & Research, ArtEZ University of the Arts and many other experts.
After the course you will know the core concepts and tools to help better understand circular economy in the fashion industry. Some of the topics that are covered focus on understanding the challenge of recycling, design for circularity, alternative textiles through biobased innovation and circular business modelling to help bring innovations to the market.
This course will provide designers, retailers, scientists, engineers and all working at the industry or with an interest in fashion with holistic insights in the complex challenges of circular fashion, while engaging you to start the transition to circularity within your personal and/or professional practices. We will bring together art, design and science to move beyond an ego-centric approach of fashion and start from an ecosystems perspective.
Learn the theory, understand the practice and start your own circular fashion journey. Join the movement towards a circular fashion industry!
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At a glance
- Language: English
- Video Transcript: English
- Associated skills: Textiles, Fashion Design, Business Process Modeling, Sustainability Initiatives, Ecosystem Science, Innovation, Business Modeling
What you'll learnSkip What you'll learn
1. The difference between sustainability & circularity
- Constructing identity through consumption
- The difference between eco to ego in fashion
- Design for circularity
- Reflect on design thinking
2. Ecosystem circularity
- Individual agency and organic collectives in fashion
- Critique small-scale solutions
- Ecosystems in nature
- Challenge of governing the transition towards circularity from outsourcing countries
3. Closing the loop in fashion
- The complexity of textiles
- Challenges and opportunities of textile recycling
- Understand the loop of organic- and synthetic textiles
- Challenge of textile blends
- Design for recycling and disassembly
4. Biobased innovation and new materialism
- Learn about future raw materials
- New production processes
- Production capacity, automation and upscaling
- Forecasting biomaterials in fashion
- Debating fast fashion and online marketing
5. Business as crafting value
- Circular business modelling
- Circular business in second hand clothing market
- Learn about a new economic paradigm
- Understand investment and acceleration
- Insight into blockchain
- How blockchain can be used for transparency in the fashion value chain
- Understand fashion from a retail perspective
- E-commerce and circular retail models
Module 1: Translation and interpretations
Introduction to terms and concepts such as sustainability and circularity, understanding the role of eco in fashion. First introduction to design for circularity.
Module 2: Ecosystem circularity
Understanding the role of ecosystems in fashion. How to disrupt current thinking and mindset in the fashion industry and govern this transition.
Module 3: Closing the loop
Introduction to the complexity of materials and recycling of textiles. Understand the importance of design for disassembly and recycling.
**Module 4: Biobased innovation & new materialism **
Learn about new biobased materials for textiles, understand the change in production processes and reflect on the future influence of biobased materials in fashion.
Module 5: Business as crafting value
Introduction to economic paradigms and new forms of value creation for circularity in the fashion industry. Understand investment and acceleration and circular retail models.
Learner testimonialsSkip Learner testimonials
''Great course, I think I learned a lot! I would definitely take another course related to sustainable fashion if it was offered.''
''I loved this, I really did. I hope I can do more studies like this in the future.''
''It was very interesting and rewarding. Happy with the scientific contributions of research and development for innovation.''
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