Systems thinking in designing automotive textiles

Pammi Sinha, Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Iain Taylor, Rita Schulze, Katharine Beverley, Claire Day, Nicoleta Tipi

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We present the complexities in terms of designing automotive exterior seating materials (seat coverings and interior linings) at Sage Automotive Interiors (UK), which is a division of a global international automotive textile supplier with headquarters in the US. Sustainability and innovation are emphasized in documents communicating the company’s vision. Using a case study approach, we consider the current design, development and manufacture process and examine it for the potential for feedback loops, identify potential leverage points to effect change and how the process could divert wastes from disposal. We will highlight where sustainable decisions can be incorporated and the difficulties in achieving true sustainability. We argue that a systems approach is needed from conception to final product to ensure economic recycling of textiles and fibres used in automotive seating. Without which, the reality is at best incineration for energy and/or landfill, thus losing important, finite resources forever from a diminishing resource pool of raw materials.
LanguageEnglish
JournalTextiles and Clothing Sustainability
Volume1
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2015

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Textiles
Waste incineration
Seats
Land fill
Linings
Waste disposal
Recycling
Raw materials
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Sinha, Pammi ; Muthu, Subramanian Senthilkannan ; Taylor, Iain ; Schulze, Rita ; Beverley, Katharine ; Day, Claire ; Tipi, Nicoleta. / Systems thinking in designing automotive textiles. In: Textiles and Clothing Sustainability. 2015 ; Vol. 1, No. 6.
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Systems thinking in designing automotive textiles. / Sinha, Pammi; Muthu, Subramanian Senthilkannan; Taylor, Iain; Schulze, Rita; Beverley, Katharine; Day, Claire; Tipi, Nicoleta.

In: Textiles and Clothing Sustainability, Vol. 1, No. 6, 07.08.2015.

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