Project Details


Tracking Clothing Use Tracking Clothing Use Today, most clothing is used once and disposed to a landfill. To reduce the environmental and social impacts of clothing production, clothing needs to be more circular -- made to last longer, be used more frequently, be re-used one or more times, and be recycled. In order to improve the circularity of clothing, we need to measure its use something we cannot do today. We envision a data collection protocol and a benchmarking platform where retailers and clothing manufacturers can share data about clothing use and longevity. This would provide objective information to consumers, retailers, and clothing manufacturers, and incentivize clothing to be designed for use and reuse. There are emerging examples of companies using sensors or RFID tags to track the position of clothing within a supply chain, but no one has yet tested whether these systems can be used to track clothing during its usage. The purpose of the current project is to demonstrate how different sensor technology can be used to track clothing use and laundering, and identify the appropriate metrics, measurement standards, and privacy protections for this type of system. The demonstrations will be performed within ASU offices and participant homes and will examine multiple sensor technologies. A multi-stakeholder approach will create common measurement standards and privacy protections for consumer participants. The Sustainability Consortium has extensive experience in developing measurement standards with diverse stakeholders. A successful proof of concept will enable us to publicize the benefits and insights possible from measuring clothing use and provide the basis for pushing for broader adoption. This includes determining how such data can be useful for consumers themselves. The project will be led by The Sustainability Consortium who is currently recruiting brands, retailers, and technology providers to participate. In the initial planning effort, over 30 corporate, NGO, and academic organizations were involved.
Effective start/end date3/1/1912/31/20


  • Target Foundation: $100,000.00


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