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Spring 2024

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Kyla Kim

Class of 2027Seoul, Seocho-gu

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Projects

  • "1. What is a circular economy and how can it be applied to or reinforced in the textile industry? 2. What are the socioeconomic, political, and ethical dimensions regarding the textile industry? a. What are the social conventions regarding fashion that impact the production and consumption of textiles? 3. What are some biological and chemical solutions that can be used to process textile waste?" with mentor Dalton (Working project)

Project Portfolio

1. What is a circular economy and how can it be applied to or reinforced in the textile industry? 2. What are the socioeconomic, political, and ethical dimensions regarding the textile industry? a. What are the social conventions regarding fashion that impact the production and consumption of textiles? 3. What are some biological and chemical solutions that can be used to process textile waste?

Started Aug. 2, 2023

Abstract or project description

The textile industry has many ethical, economic, and societal challenges regarding textile waste that is produced as a consequence of clothing production. A circular economy aims to eliminate waste produced altogether by finding a way for waste to become a resource for another system of production. This could be an ideal solution for the textile industry, especially in the context of South Korea where the consequences of "fast fashion" throwaway culture are significant. This project will analyze different factors that influence impacts of the textile waste on society by looking at how the textile industry operates - especially in Korea - and how ideas of circular economy and sustainability can be applied as solutions to textile waste challenges. The analysis will rely mainly on a literature review and site visits to gather observational data on textile waste processing centers in Seoul, Korea. The results from this project will be able to expand the usage of the concept of circular economy, educate multiple individuals about the circular economy and the textile industry, and offer practical and scientific solutions to textile waste that can be applied in real life.