The circular economy for the textile and fashion industry
The Stadin ammattiopisto vocational college implements a learning environment with the help of which textile and fashion design students learn to produce circular economy products.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Awareness of climate change and the circular economy is continuing to grow in discussions within the textile and fashion industry. It is essential in education for the industry that students learn to make more efficient use of materials from the viewpoints of design, textile clippings and already used materials. The intention is also to give students the skills to understand about the length of the life cycle of a finished product, the importance of planning further use for the products, the modification of materials for reuse and the ecological disposal of materials.
The new qualification requirements for the textile and fashion design industry will enter into force on 1 August 2018. The degree programme will include an elective degree module – “manufacturing circular economy products in the textile and fashion design industry” – which responds to the current need to find new practices for manufacturing and the use of clothes and fabrics.
The new textile and fashion industry professions created by the circular economy and the opportunities for profitable business activities generated by it will motivate young people to seek careers within the sector in the future.
What do we do?
The Stadin ammattiopisto vocational college implements a learning environment with the help of which textile and fashion design students can establish an understanding of the circular economy and its connections to the textile and fashion industry. The students learn to manufacture sustainable clothes and accessories, which take account of the long material cycle and lengthening life cycles of products.
The learning environment can be used as part of an elective study module in the textile and fashion design degree. It consists of modules, which can also be used as separate teaching entities. The learning environment is freely available for everyone on line, and each teacher can use it as appropriate in his or her own teaching.
Who is participating?
The key implementer of the project is the Stadin ammattiopisto vocational college. Other participants include Saimaa Vocational College Sampo, Vantaa Vocational College Varia and a large employment network that provides sparring on the topic of the circular economy in textile and fashion design studies. Furthermore, the project is led and its progress monitored by a steering group consisting of professionals from within the industry.
Where have we got to so far?
The implementation of the learning environment started in November 2017. So far, the first module of the study course has been tested with students and will undergo some refinements. The next module is currently under preparation.