A conceptual framework for barriers of circular supply chains for sustainability in the textile industry


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, vol.28, no.5, pp.1477-1492, 2020 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/sd.2100
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, PASCAL, ABI/INFORM, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, CAB Abstracts, Environment Index, Geobase, Greenfile, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Sociological abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1477-1492
  • Keywords: barrier, circular economy, circular supply chain, sustainability, sustainable development, textile industry, ENVIRONMENTAL-MANAGEMENT, ECONOMY EVIDENCE, BUSINESS MODELS, DRIVERS, TRANSITION, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES, DESIGN, SYSTEM, SECTOR
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: No


Circular economy is a contemporary concept including usage of renewable materials and technologies. The transition to the circular economy creates value through closed-loop systems, reverse logistics, eco-design, product life cycle management, and clean production. The aim of the study was to propose a holistic conceptual framework for barriers of circular supply chain for sustainability in the textile industry. Within this aim, an in-depth literature review on barriers was conducted by covering all supply chain stages and circular initiatives in textile industry. Then, a focus group study was implemented. In the focus group study, barriers related to supply chains that prevent companies to implement the circular economy were discussed and validated. As a result, a total of 25 barriers were classified under nine main categories such as (a) management and decision-making, (b) labour, (c) design challenges, (d) materials, (e) rules and regulations, (f) lack of knowledge and awareness, (g) lack of integration and collaboration, (h) cost, and (i) technical infrastructure.