A comprehensive review of circular economy research in the textile and clothing industry

Saha, Krishnendu and Kumar Dey, Prasanta and Kumar, Vikas (2024) A comprehensive review of circular economy research in the textile and clothing industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 444. p. 141252. ISSN 0959-6526

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The textile and clothing industry is a significant global sector due to its economic and social contributions. However, it is one of the most polluting industries. There has been a significant uptake of research on circular economy implementation to reduce its environmental impacts. Nevertheless, there is a critical gap in reviewing how the research field is evolving and what the core focus and underlying assumptions of the existing research are. This paper utilises bibliometrics, content analysis, and problematisation to comprehensively examine the state of research. Analysing 132 primary documents dating from January 2014 to April 2023, this study reveals that sustainability-oriented innovation and transition challenges are the core focus of existing research. Technology-oriented circularity and its positive impact on sustainability is the in-house assumption that almost all studies are founded on. Besides unpacking the risk of such assumptions, this study provides tangible suggestions for future research on circular economy disruption, its rebound effect, and sustainability-oriented innovation. Although the time lag and language biases may have impacted the representation of current research trends, findings from this study can facilitate academic research and industry practice in implementing circular economy practices for a more sustainable future.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2024.141252
12 February 2024Accepted
13 February 2024Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literature review, Bibliometric study, Circular economy, TextileClothing and fashion, Sustainability-oriented innovation
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-01 - business and management (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2024 14:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2024 14:13
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15257

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