Next Article in Journal
Empirical Evidence from EU-28 Countries on Resilient Transport Infrastructure Systems and Sustainable Economic Growth
Next Article in Special Issue
Product Design and Consumer Behaviour in a Circular Economy
Previous Article in Journal
Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Pilot Phase—Comparability over Flexibility?
Previous Article in Special Issue
Consumption in the Circular Economy: A Literature Review
Open AccessArticle

Care and Production of Clothing in Norwegian Homes: Environmental Implications of Mending and Making Practices

Consumption Research Norway (SIFO), Oslo Metropolitan University; 0130 Oslo, Norway
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2899; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082899
Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 9 August 2018 / Accepted: 11 August 2018 / Published: 15 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Product Design and Consumer Behavior in A Circular Economy)
Mending, re-design, and altering are alternatives for prolonging the use period of clothing. It is a common assumption that nobody mends clothing anymore in Western societies. This paper studies Norwegian consumers’ clothing mending and making practices. We ask how common the different mending and making activities are, has this changed during the past several years, who are the clothing menders and makers, and further, are these practices related to consumers’ environmental opinions? We build on three quantitative surveys in Norway from 2010, 2011, and 2017. Many consumers do mend their clothing at least occasionally, especially the simpler tasks, such as sewing on a button and fixing an unravelled seam. Women and the elderly are more active in making and mending, whereas the young are bit more likely to make something new out of old clothing. The mending activities were correlated with respondents’ environmental opinions. Mending clothes is more common than is usually assumed. Knowledge of current practices and barriers for clothing mending enables us to recommend measures that can potentially increase the use time of clothing. These results can be beneficial in clothing design, home economics, and crafts education as well as understanding consumer behavior and making policies that aim at environmental improvements within clothing consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: clothing maintenance; mending; repair; redesign; knitting; clothes making; sewing; remaking; sustainable fashion clothing maintenance; mending; repair; redesign; knitting; clothes making; sewing; remaking; sustainable fashion
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Laitala, K.; Klepp, I.G. Care and Production of Clothing in Norwegian Homes: Environmental Implications of Mending and Making Practices. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2899.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop