Circular Economy -Revolution towards sustainability
Focusing on textile industry through gender lens
Circular Economy is nothing new concept, however it is beneficial in terms of a sustainable approach. It is quite reasonable and beneficial as compared to the linear economy and works on 6R (reduce, reuse, recycle, redesign, re-manufacture and refurbish) concept. If we analyse the facts of the circular economy it is a sustainable approach but requires a high knowledge, awareness towards the manufactures and consumer both. It requires enormous knowledge towards the design and manufacture to produce a durable and long-lasting product attracting consumers.
As compared to the current economy which is a Linear Economy the population is been habitual of use and through culture, which is quite affordable to the consumer, especially if we analyse the textile industry, fashion and designs are not constant and style statement became a luxury and a way of lifestyle to stay in the limelight. The current lifestyle made people dependent on the market trends avoiding the product durability and true value. If we talk about the consumers in the textile industry especially in India which is known for its diverse culture, and also incorporates the diversity & change in clothing style, pattern, materials, colours, texture based on the different regions and states. Linear economy made textile consumers follow diverse trends and culture in an easy way due to the availability of products at cheaper cost. To get into the circular economy especially in the field of textile industry it will be a sustainable approach to reduce the waste generation, energy consumption, carbon explosion, natural resource degradation, pollution, and cost-effectiveness too. If we think about the long-term benefits of a circular economy, it will reduce the natural resource consumption and sustain the natural & healthy environment for the upcoming generation. A self-realised initiative towards circular economy will be a key step towards replacing the Use & Through Culture which is an obvious way to harm our natural environment and the resources.
The linear economy made people’s life easier and more convenient by availing products with more variety and design at a cheaper cost. However, it instigated our upcoming generation to live an onerous life due to the unavailability of natural resources to survive. Taking U-turn to the circular economy will be a roller coaster for the textile industry before moving towards this approach. It also requires a lot of knowledge, awareness, skill, and resources too. Changing the thinking and lifestyle will not be an easy task to move from use & through culture to a product with high durability, limited varieties in designs and a valuable budget, which might be more than the existing product (linear economy).
However, if we look at this through the lens of gender it will be a difficult task although it is a sustainable approach. Women for whom style statements in society are something used to be on priority or in trend. It is obviously due to the product under the budget with required verities & designs, especially in the textile industry made them more convenient to the Use & Through Culture. Whereas in case of a circular economy which is totally against it by using a product for a longer period with more purchasing cost and limiting the regular purchase will also limit their fashion statement or lifestyle. In India, the diversity of clothing patterns depending upon the region, events, or festival also something which is now not limited to the specific region linear economy made it easily available under the budget all over the world especially for the women. Moving towards the circular economy will also affect such a way of thinking and availing fashion trend at affordable prices.
Hence, for stepping into the circular economy under textile industry will not be cakewalk, especially targeting the female category it requires a lot of awareness regarding the need of circular economy and change in lifestyle and perspective of consumers to achieve the goal.
Moving into the Circular Economy can be a revolution towards the sustainability of our upcoming generation only if it is accepted by both manufacturer and consumer. It requires an extensive knowledge, awareness, technology & skills to run this concept effect fully before getting into the market. The type of economy requires a change in the perspective of peoples and their way of lifestyle to see the product and its sustainable uses. However, to change the type of economy it requires the change in manufacturing of the product as well as the lifestyle of the consumer.