2024
Samuel Adeosun
Industrial Design and Technology BA
Interaction
Panels
Picture of current MIB team

Project Description

Each year, the global textile industry generates a staggering 92 million tonnes of waste, largely driven by the frequent release of clothing collections by fast fashion companies. As a result, consumers have increased their clothing purchases by 60% since the year 2000. However, this heightened demand is not matched by an improvement in quality. Instead, clothing durability has decreased by 36% since then, contributing to the issue of overconsumption. This current cycle of consumption leads to a throw-away mindset, resulting in an extraordinary amount of discarded clothing in landfills worldwide. To address this unsustainable pattern, a new approach is necessary: one that aims to restore value to previously worn garments. Introducing PANELS, a product-service system offering sustainably designed garments, in an effort to mitigate the impacts of overconsumption on both the environment and our wardrobes. The garment features a base layer and an outer layer consisting of modular interchangeable panels, allowing customers to modify their clothing to suit their personal style and preference. Using modularity, the functions and appearances of multiple clothing items can be contained within one garment, effectively reducing material waste. To ease the transition into the slow fashion lifestyle, the PANELS App has been developed. This app serves as a comprehensive platform where customers can access tailoring and modification services for their garments. Additionally, users can connect with other community members interested in sustainability and explore marketplaces for inspiration for their next clothing alteration project.