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Exploring Worldwide Wardrobes to Support Reuse in Consumers’ Clothing Systems

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Wageningen Corporate Value Creation, Circular Fashion Lab, 6700 HB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Wageningen Economic Research, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Kirsi Niinimäki and Natalia Moreira
Sustainability 2022, 14(1), 487; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010487
Received: 30 November 2021 / Revised: 22 December 2021 / Accepted: 22 December 2021 / Published: 3 January 2022
Extending the use of garments is often seen as an important strategy to decrease the impact of the fashion industry. However, currently there are a lack of data on and understanding of consumers’ wardrobes. This study explores consumers’ wardrobes internationally, and we aim to explore the total amount, unused and second-hand garments in order to develop interventions to support reuse. Through an online course, data were gathered in a survey about the content of participants’ wardrobes, counting the amounts of garments in predefined categories, and the amount of unused and second-hand garments thereof. Differences were found between clothing categories, age groups and gender for unused and second-hand garments. Between nationalities only differences were found for second-hand garments. These insights are supportive to targeted interventions for gender and age groups related to specific categories of (unused and second-hand) garments, to elongate the practical service life of garments, support consumers’ sustainable clothing decisions and in the end reduce consumption. Additionally, this exploration provides insights how to improve international monitoring and the value of digital wardrobe studies. Recommendations are provided, especially focused on interventions to support motivations, capabilities, and opportunities to improve reuse. Ultimately, through consumers’ wardrobes this study supports the next steps towards a more circular clothing system. View Full-Text
Keywords: wardrobe study; reuse; interventions; behavior change model; consumer; garments; second-hand; circular fashion; monitoring wardrobe study; reuse; interventions; behavior change model; consumer; garments; second-hand; circular fashion; monitoring
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de Wagenaar, D.; Galama, J.; Sijtsema, S.J. Exploring Worldwide Wardrobes to Support Reuse in Consumers’ Clothing Systems. Sustainability 2022, 14, 487. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010487

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de Wagenaar D, Galama J, Sijtsema SJ. Exploring Worldwide Wardrobes to Support Reuse in Consumers’ Clothing Systems. Sustainability. 2022; 14(1):487. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010487

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de Wagenaar, Dieuwertje, Joris Galama, and Siet J. Sijtsema. 2022. "Exploring Worldwide Wardrobes to Support Reuse in Consumers’ Clothing Systems" Sustainability 14, no. 1: 487. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010487

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