What is it about?

This research studies Australian fashion small-to-medium enterprise practicing closed loop design as drivers of change towards alternative sustainable and circular design practice and business models.

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Why is it important?

Australians consume twice the global average of textiles the Australian fashion sector is challenged by geographical distance, a sparse population and local limitations in processing and manufacturing. This research looks at how Australian fashion small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are overcoming these challenges and are running fashion businesses built around core principles of product stewardship, sustainability and circularity.


Understanding the challenges of sustainability and circularity in fashion design and manufacturing and how existing SMEs are overcoming them was the first step in this research. This helped me build a visual Model for Circularity tool to represent and understand the relationships and connections in new systems of viable closed-loop business models and design processes with a foundation of product stewardship and circularity. It is my hope that this may be used in education and industry to further understanding of new and innovative circular systems and foster transformation of an impactful sector.

Lisa Piller
South Metropolitan TAFE

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This page is a summary of: Designing for circularity: sustainable pathways for Australian fashion small to medium enterprises, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, May 2022, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/jfmm-09-2021-0220.
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