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The Case of Fabric and Textile Industry: The Emerging Role of Digitalization, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 for Circularity

Publication Details
Authors: Ghoreishi Malahat, Happonen Ari
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2021
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Title of parent publication: Advances in intelligent systems and computing
ISSN: 2194-5357
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


In circularity, raw
material usage and product designs are considered as life extension through
different processes of redesign, repair, modular re-usage and refurbishment to
eliminate finite resource problem and to maximize materials value. Circular
economy aims for zero-waste design in which, waste is considered as wealth
through recycling materials and reusing recycled materials in production
processes of new products. Digital innovation and technology development have
recently shown a positive impact in boosting the transition towards circular
economy models by supporting the analysis of huge amount of data on products
and materials during their lifecycle. There should be a close collaboration
between industries, consumers and policy makers to access precise data on
collecting waste materials to track the product lifecycle, predict and track
consumer behavior as well as managing wastes and the related processes.
Accordingly, digitalization can help in transferring real-time data on
products’ location, condition, availability, etc. which can help in
product-life extension through sensors and digital platforms. For instance,
remote monitoring the products can help in predictive maintenance services
which leads to reduce the downtime and product breakage. This paper articulates
how IoT (Internet of Things) is implemented in circular redesign processes in
textile industry. Textiles companies have different approaches and business
models on collecting textile waste from consumers, distributors and stores. In
this regard, a more efficient and effective CE solution requires close
collaboration among the actors of the ecosystem in which consumers are placed
in the core. IoT can play an essential role in such a circular ecosystem by
transferring information and data to all the actors and improving their
knowledge and awareness of possible circular opportunities. This paper focuses
on how utilizing IoT will increase the opportunities of textile waste
collection towards higher circular value chains and maximum effectiveness.


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