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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Katharina Hofer (2022): Organisatorische Aspekte beim Re-Use von Gebrauchtkleidung und Alttextilien.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Abfall- und Kreislaufwirtschaft (ABF-BOKU), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 145. UB BOKU obvsg FullText

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
The linear textile industry is characterized by its negative environmental and social impacts, as well as increasing amounts of textile waste. The EU has recognized the relevance of a change and therefore focuses on the circular economy. Reuse can be a preferable option in the reduction of waste generation. The aim of this thesis is to portray the functioning of organizations of the municipal, private and charity sector in Austria that are involved in the reuse of used clothing and/or textile waste. Furthermore, tasks, opportunities, challenges, and optimal framework conditions for organizations that contribute to the promotion of reuse activities in Austria will be identified. In the context of this, expert interviews were conducted, and the organizations examined were analyzed with the help of the “Business Model Canvas”. Depending on the sector, the tasks consist of the collection or personal acceptance of reusable textile products, logistics, sorting/preparation for reuse, retail as well as public relations. Reuse organizations have positive ecological, social and economic effects by reducing waste volumes and emissions, offering high-quality used textiles at low prices and creating jobs. In addition, the following challenges were identified: lack of societal demand, declining quality of primary textiles, maintaining the reuse capability and structural conditions. The success of reuse organizations can be achieved through citizen-friendly drop-off options, networking, appealing retail spaces, quality standards and tax incentives. To promote reuse in Austria, extended producer responsibility, reduced value-added taxes, dual textile collection systems and a reuse bonus would be effective. The environmental benefit of reuse is reduced if a new purchase cannot be substituted and rebound effects occur.

Beurteilende*r: Salhofer Stefan Petrus

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