Fashion Industry, Textile, Textile Recycling, Remanufacturing, Simulation
The textile industry is one of the polluting industries on the planet. Public awareness has increased manufacturers responsibility and forced them to shift from linear to the circular production line to reduce the amount of environmental impact such as; energy and freshwater consumption, toxic and fertilizer usage and cutting down the use of raw material. Also, some new business strategies like fast fashion which is a recent trend in the fashion industry by offering fast changing trend and inexpensive designs accelerate the process of purchasing new clothes that end up in landfills. Recycling, remanufacturing and reusing are some practices that can be done to minimize the environmental impact and to keep used clothes out of the landfills. One of these preventive actions is textiles recycling which involves so many uncertainties, such as quality, quantity, and type of the used materials. To address this problem, a discrete event simulation model is proposed to study the changes in the recycling process. The main focus of the model is on the interaction between different components in a textile recycling system to increase the number of recycled materials to return them into the supplier. Moreover, the performance of the servers is studied in order to run different scenarios. These scenarios are proposed and have been chosen based on the Welch method.
Dr. Zbigniew Pasek
Dr. Lindsay Miller-Branovacki
Master of Applied Science
Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering
Major Research Paper