Investigating the sustainability of the Korean textile and fashion industry

Title
Investigating the sustainability of the Korean textile and fashion industry
Authors
나영주
Keywords
Apparel reuse, Eco-materials, Eco-promotion
Issue Date
2015-03
Publisher
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLOTHING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Series/Report no.
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLOTHING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ; Vol27 no.1 Startpage 23 Endpage 33
Abstract
Purpose – Fashion and textile industry has confronted to participate with the sustainable industry and society proactively not by the government regulations, but by the shareholders or consumers driven with corporate social responsibility. The purpose of this paper is to consider methods applied for the sustainability of products according to Korean domestic fashion and textile companies and clothing types and to investigate the limitation of current sustainability methods of companies. Design/methodology/approach – The study used document analysis and case studies of 396 companies. The study looked into newspapers, monthly magazines, and publications of fashion companies and internet web sites of almost every possible type that have been issued to date and analyzed the previous studies as well. Findings – The companies’ strategies are of three groups, the uses of environmental friendly materials: 36.9 percent (natural fibers, recycled fibers and biodegradable fibers), apparel reuse: 4.5 percent (remodeling/alteration and transform/combination with more materials), and eco-marketing promotions: 58.6 percent. For women’s and casual wear section, the methods used with organic materials and the green-campaign messages appeared frequently, while in the men’s wear section, coolMapsi, 0or warm OnMapsi for business wear did a lot for the low indoor energy consumption, such as no neck-tie in the hot season or wearing underwear in the cold season. Originality/value – Fashion and textile products have provided the key solutions for the generation’s happiness, identity, value, self-realization, health and role. There have been the low quality and similarity of fashion products from mass production and high speed and we should consider sustainability for the next generation and society. But the current problem in the industry is that most of eco-product developments are only short term. Also, from the high cost of eco materials and processes, there is a limited portion of sustainability section among total products and low design quality of fashion or the low profit outcomes. Investigating the sustainability of the Korean textile and.... Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/276102588_Investigating_the_sustainability_of_the_Korean_textile_and_fashion_industry [accessed May 15 2018].
URI
https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJCST-08-2013-0085
http://dspace.inha.ac.kr/handle/10505/54936
ISSN
0955-6222
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School of Arts & Sports(예술체육학부) > Fashion Design & Textiles (의류디자인학) > Journal Papers, Reports(의류디자인학 논문, 보고서)
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