Circular Textiles in MDD
In the domain of materials and design, several sustainable innovations are taking place, including, for example, the move to bio-based materials, and the use of ‘waste’ as a resource. In parallel, the interest in sustainable business model innovation has been on the rise with businesses and academics. The focus is on how business can be done in a different, significantly more sustainable way, for example by moving from selling products to selling services. It is expected that in the future more novel materials will emerge which will need a sustainable approach to market. However, the understanding of design and business model approaches for novel materials – whether biobased or created from ‘waste’ – is still limited.
In this project, Materials Experience Lab Researcher, Ganesh Vishwanathan, aim is to create a new theoretical model as well as a practical sustainable design and business model approach, and illustrate how it is applied in practice with an illustrative case, focusing on textile waste composites.