Environmental impacts from the clothing sector have increased rapidly within the last 30 years, with clothing consumption as an important driver due to the large volumes of clothing that are produced, used and disposed of. Yet, research on clothing consumption, and knowledge of how clothing is used and how this affects the total volume of clothing, is limited. In CHANGE, we will investigate what is most essential to reduce the environmental impact of clothing: reduce the amount of clothing that is produced, acquired and disposed of.
CHANGE, investigates what is most essential to reduce the environmental impact of clothing: reduce the amount of clothing that is produced, acquired and disposed of.
CHANGE will concentrate on two important elements in clothing consumption. One is to be properly dressed for the occasion, and the other is clothing standards related to the expectation of variety of garments. Where do these ideas come from? And how have they shaped our clothing habits over the last 200 years? We will look at why and how we change clothes between different occasions and the expectation and desire for variety of garments. The project objective is to improve our knowledge of how clothing volumes can be reduced by increasing the understanding of how people use clothing and how this has developed over time. The project will mainly study Norwegian clothing consumption through quantitative and qualitative wardrobe studies of couples. These will contrast with other wardrobe studies in and outside Europe.
By looking at the connection between the individual consumer's practices and different clothing standards, and the consequences this has on an overall level, we will contribute with knowledge and theoretical concepts that bring consumption – the use of clothing - into debates and politics about clothing and the environment.
Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Consumption Research Norway SIFO, OsloMet
Kirsi Laitala, Consumption Research Norway SIFO, OsloMet
Vilde Haugrønning, Consumption Research Norway SIFO, OsloMet
Irene Maldini, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Kate Fletcher, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL
Else Skjold, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Liudmilla Aliabieva, Moscow University, Russia
Bjørn Sverre Hol Hagen, Universitetet I Oslo
Anno Museum, Stockholm University
Marie Ulväng, Stockholm University
Tone Skårdal Tobiasso, Stockholm University
Contact for the project
Professor Kate Fletcher, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL
The project has been awarded 12 million from the funding scheme – Ground-breaking Research (FRIPRO) from the Research Council of Norway, from July 2021-2025.