Textile / apparel design for reusability

Reuse of textile and apparel is arguably one of the best sustainability practices that can be followed by users. While better maintenance or repair can enhance the reusability of apparel, an optimal design right at the start also plays an important role in making the apparel more suitable for reusability.


Researchers or innovators

Sourcing professionals

Synthetic fiber professionals

Testing and standards professionals

Textile and fashion designers

Vital Stats

How does it work?

Optimal design of apparel can make them last longer as well as facilitate their recycling and reuse.

Sustainability benefits

Environmental sustainability - Reusable textile designs extends the life of the garments, which reduces landfill waste and also decreases the overall carbon footprint for the industry


There are well documented guidelines already available that can help apparel makers implement sustainable designs

Stage of commercialization


Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Designers, Artists

Specifically relevant to any geography?


Decarbonization Potential


Value Chain

Apparel or accessories , Product use ,

Web Resources

Circular by Design: A model for engaging fashion / textile SME’s with strategies for designed reuse


This paper explores how the principles of the circular economy and the four pillars of sustainability (environmental, social, economic, and human capital) might support business model innovation within fashion and textiles. To achieve this, an exploratory canvas tool for SMEs titled ‘Circular by Design’ was devised to encourage new business ideas and innovation.

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Business model innovation within fashion

Exploratory canvas tool

Reuse-based Reverse Value Chain for Sustainable Apparel Industry


This paper includes a literature review of the value chain from the apparel industry as well as from the other industries. A conceptual framework has been developed by considering processes of the reverse value chain such as collection, sorting, and reprocessing.

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Framework for reverse value chain

A Case Study Engaging Design for Textile Upcycling


The research builds on a design project with a social firm where obsolete textiles from corporate uniforms are redesigned into children’s apparel. The social firm ‘Earthlink’ utilizes a unique position in the local community, helping those with mental health issues within a model that supports and operates sustainable business and environmental practice.

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Design project for social impact

Children’s apparel

Case Study of Zero Waste Bag Design Utilizing PreConsumer Upholstery Fabric Waste


The upholstery industry generates tremendous pre-consumer fabric waste each year, which negatively impacts the environment. Upholstery waste is hard to be safely burned due to its chemical composition or buried in landfills because of its slow decomposition rate. This article discusses how a zero-waste upholstery bag was designed.

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Bags from upholstery waste

Upholstery waste management

Loyal Textiles launches world's first reusable PPE


Loyal Textiles Mills Ltd has collaborated with Reliance Industries Ltd and HeiQ from Switzerland to launch the world's first reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) with triple viral shield technology.

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Reusable PPE

Anti-bacterial fabrics

Is making new from old the future of fashion?


Using ‘deadstock’, the leftovers from clothes manufacturing, to create something new isn’t just environmentally sound, it’s surprisingly inspiring. The efforts from various fashion designers to design garments from leftovers is discussed here.

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Clothes made from deadstock

Clothing Designers Reusing Materials to Save Environment


Clothing designers are turning to unusual plants and used materials to make products that better use natural resources. This discusses various ventures wherein designers step in to design using reused materials.

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Fashion design using reused materials