A dynamic systems approach to enable sustainability in the global fashion system
Fashion production and consumption are dynamic processes that generate economic growth, incur social injustices and undermine ecological integrity. Despite the interdependent systemic nature of these processes, that play out at different scales, little attention is focused on the ‘systemness’ of these global fashion issues. In this paper, insights generated by literature review findings and stakeholder interviews were iteratively drawn upon to produce a dynamic series of causal loop diagrams (CLDs). These CLDs capture system dynamics at several stages of the global fashion system, including cotton production, garment manufacturing, fashion buying, fashion consumption, clothing disposal and second-hand trading. Research highlights include the systemic implications of profit maximisation, as well as the identification of potential leverage points to transition this creative industry onto sustainable trajectories. Implications for creative economy oriented research, practice and policy decision making are discussed.
Citation : Thomas, N.J.R. (2019) A dynamic systems approach to enable sustainability in the global fashion system. 3rd CAMEo Conference, Re-Futuring Creative Economies, Leicester, United Kingdom, 5-6 September 2019.
Research Institute : Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes