Fashion Designers' Contribution to Environmental Sustainability

Emilie Bendix Hansen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This project investigates how designers may be able to contribute to environmental sustainability with the specific Sustainable Development Goal 12.5 to secure sustainable production and consumption through reduction of waste, prevention, reuse and recycling. This is done through theories on sustainability in the textile industry and waste management, while also including theory on designers possibilities to minimize waste. The methodology used to cover the research includes an explanatory as well as exploratory cross-sectional approach to associate knowledge and experiences on sustainability. Qualitative semistructured interviews is used and includes five designers in Denmark, one Danish sustainability manager for a Swedish global company and a former Danish chairman for the UN General Assembly. The general issue on how designers contribute or is constraint to take sustainable action in the industry is concluded with three main points: designers in the fashion industry is already trying to take action, but are constrained by lack of technology, materials and price. The second conclusion is that designers are constraint by lack of education among consumers, designers and suppliers, for them to make sustainable choices. Thirdly, designers are concluded to be able to consider environmental sustainability through the choice of material and by designing for longevity for the textiles finally to be recycled or reused.

EducationsMSocSc in Management of Creative Business Processes , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2019
Number of pages194