The fashion industry is the second most polluting in the world, according to several sources, and is also – in theory at least – one of the most customer driven. Despite the increasing contradictions in its business models, the Textile & Clothing (T&C) industry is relying on big data and sophisticated management systems to seduce customers into buying more and more often, at the same time resisting calls for more responsible production with a minimum of environmental and social standards.
In parallel, emergent networks of designers, small scale producers, researchers in new materials and processes are joining up with innovation networks and local social actors to build alternative value chains, incorporating new paradigms from smart textiles to the Circular Economy. In this process, citizens are playing a leading role not only in shaping global awareness, but also in co-designing future scenarios, ranging from cloud based closet sharing apps to sustainable smartness to do-it-yourself repair groups. Will we ultimately co-design our own clothes in fashion Living Labs?
In this workshop, a range of different ENoLL Living Labs engage with participants to explore together options and strategies being followed in several on-going research initiatives. Methods and tools will be explored to ensure citizen engagement, experimentation, impact assessment, and scaling up and out.
- TCBL, http://tcbl.eu/
- CreativeWear, https://www.facebook.com/CWPalermoHub/
- WEAR Sustain, http://wearsustain.eu/