New Framework Proposal for Sustainable Textile and Apparel Education

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2018-01-01
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Rana, Md. Rafiqul Islam
Ha-Brookshire, Jung
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This paper offers a conceptual framework to address the importance of incorporating ideation, negotiation, and implementation into Textile and Apparel sustainability curricula in a holistic matter in an effort to accomplish true sustainability. As long as professionals think business decisions are separated from sustainability decisions, sustainability goals will be more likely to be considered secondary goals. Therefore, in this model, researchers emphasize that future sustainable T&A business leaders must possess skill sets to navigate intertwined or sometimes often competing interests of economic, social, and environmental goals. An understanding of different required skillsets would help graduates entering the workforce be more adept in design choices, negotiations, and implementation issues while considering financial, social, and environmental bottom lines and goals. Knowledge of sustainability would also help business people incorporate sustainable aspects in each step of a business plan, i.e. ideation, negotiation and implementation, by utilizing appropriate skill sets that this paper proposed.

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