The Man’s Jacket Design for Disassembly: an Implementation of C2CAD Framework

EPA Grant Number: SU833517
Title: The Man’s Jacket Design for Disassembly: an Implementation of C2CAD Framework
Investigators: Cao, Huantian , Farr, Cheryl , Gam, Hae Jin , Heine, Lauren , Rumsey, Rachel
Current Investigators: Cao, Huantian , Bennett, Jaclyn , Farr, Cheryl , Gam, Hae Jin , Heine, Lauren , Helmkamp, Caroline , Rumsey, Rachel
Institution: Oklahoma State University , Green Blue Institute , Illinois State University , Lauren Heine Group LLC
Current Institution: Oklahoma State University , Illinois State University , Lauren Heine Group LLC
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 2007 through August 1, 2008
Project Amount: $9,999
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2007) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Materials & Chemicals , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Challenge Area: Many environmental problems related to apparel industry, such as toxicity in dyeing wastewater, could be minimized by apparel designers and manufacturers. Annually, 4.5 million tons of clothing and footwear are produced in the U.S. and only 1.25 million tons of post-consumer textiles are recovered for next use. One of the obstacles for reusing and recycling materials from post-consumer clothing is that most apparel are made from more than one material and constructed with many permanent junctions using stitches and adhesives.

In the 2005/2006 EPA P3 Student Design Competition for Sustainability, we incorporated “cradle to cradle” model into existing apparel design and production models and developed a sustainable apparel design and production model C2CAD using knitwear. In this project we will implement C2CAD model in the design and production of a man’s jacket, a woven apparel product composed of natural and synthetic materials. Design for disassembly will be applied and evaluated in the man’s jacket design and production for material recovery.

Using C2CAD framework, apparel designers and manufacturers select chemicals and materials based on their inherent human and environmental health and safety. Therefore, employee occupational safety and local people’s living quality will be improved. Apparel manufacturers and local communities can save money in pollution prevention and post-production treatment of waste in both the short and long term. The application of design for disassembly concept in apparel design and production ensures maximized material recovery and helps diminish resource consumption in the apparel industry.

We will conduct three phases of research in the 8-month project: 1) Implement C2CAD in man’s jacket design and production and produce a man’s jacket composed of natural and synthetic materials; 2) Evaluate the quality, cost, ease of disassembly, and life cycle material management of this C2CAD man’s jacket; and 3) Revise C2CAD model and prepare instructional unit for apparel design and production students at the university level.

Students from two universities, Oklahoma State Universities and Illinois State University, will collaborate in this project. C2CAD framework and the implementation case study will be integrated into core courses for the Apparel Design and Production major in both universities. To facilitate learning, an educational chart that appeals to visually oriented apparel designers will be developed. The chart will utilize the information gained through this research to enable apparel designers to make intelligent design decisions.

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Supplemental Keywords:

environmentally conscious manufacturing, design for disassembly, apparel design and production, textile,

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report