Contributors: Derwanz, Heike, Dr. (HafenCity University Hamburg)
Heike Derwanz is a cultural anthropologist coordinating the Low Budget Urbanity research network at HafenCity University in Hamburg. After studying in Bremen/Germany and Siena/Italy she wrote her PhD thesis about street artists and their careers on the art and design market.
Scientific paper contribution: "Don’t let fashion go to waste". Local Infrastructures Feeding on Textile Waste
Abstract: From April 2013 onwards textile giant Hennes & Mauritz launched its “Don’t let fashion go to waste”-campaign and offers its customers to bring their used clothes back for a discount. H&M, known for supplying cheap and fast fashion now also entered the business of disposal of clothing that is a growing market for decades. Alternatives to H&M or the dustbin are already established in second-hand shops, flee-markets, legal or illegal recycling-banks or swapping in peers or family. Additional to these practices new forms like swap-parties help people to reduce their textile waste while considering time, money, ethics and resources to assemble a local fragmented textile infrastructure.