Consumer Waste: Who is Responsible?

Authors: Layheab Ly*, Salem State University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Environment
Keywords: sustainable, clothing textile waste, disposal, behavior, consumer, environment
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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As the volume of clothing textiles continue to be produced, purchased, and disposed of at alarming rates, there has been a push to reduce the environmental impacts of fashion. Especially with fast fashion at its peak, studying the purchasing behavior and disposal attitudes of consumers is important to understand how consumers dispose of unworn fashion textiles as well as how to increase sustainable consumption. A phenomenological study was used for this research. A survey was administered to participants in order to understand the extent of clothing textile reuse and recycling. The purpose of this study was to determine the purchasing behavior and disposal habits of consumers as well as examining the sustainability of the textile industry. Though consumers are concerned about the relationship between low fashion prices and unethical working conditions in factories, consumers show little awareness of the impacts high volumes of textile waste can have (Domina & Koch, 1999, 2002; Birtwistle & Moore, 2007).

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