Lauren Degenstein

Master of Science in Textiles & Clothing

Supervisor: Dr. Rachel McQueen

Dissertation Title: Integrating product stewardship into the clothing and textile industry: A New Zealand case study

My research focuses on environmental sustainability within the clothing and textile industry, particularly how waste and resource use can be reduced through textile product stewardship. Using a case study approach, the purpose of my research is to examine the practical steps taken by an organization working towards the implementation of a product stewardship model and to identify potential challenges and strategies for integrating a product stewardship for clothing and textiles.

Publications or other research contributions 

Degenstein, L. (2018). Biodegradable vs. non-biodegradable textiles: Environmental impacts under standard landfill conditions. Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia. 25(1): 18-23.

Degenstein, L. M., McQueen, R. H., McNeill, L. S., Hamlin, R. P., Wakes, S. J., & Dunn, L. A. (2020). Impact of physical condition on disposal and end‐of‐life extension of clothing. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 44(6), 586-596. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12590

McNeill, L. S., Hamlin, R. P., McQueen, R. H., Degenstein, L. Garrett, T.C., Dunn, L., & Wakes, S. (2020). Fashion sensitive young consumers and fashion garment repair: Emotional connections to garments as a sustainability strategy. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 44(4), 361-368. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12572

McNeill, L. S., Hamlin, R. P., McQueen, R. H., Degenstein, L. Wakes, S., Garrett, T.C., & Dunn, L. (2020). Waste not want not: Behavioural intentions toward garment life extension practices, the role of damage, brand and cost on textile disposal. Journal of Cleaner Production, 260, Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121026

McQueen, R. H., Kowton, J., & Degenstein, L. M. (2020). Smell and sustainability: Can odour shorten the life span of clothing? In L. McNeill (Ed)., Transitioning to Sustainability: Transitioning to Responsible Consumption and Production. MDPI: Basel, Switzerland.

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