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Mapping circular economy projects: a case study of a major company in the sports & outdoor industry

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The sports industry is both a victim of climate change’s impact, but also a contributor: adult active sports participants have an average annual carbon footprint of 844 kg of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions. Thus, it is crucial to find solutions that reduce the sports industry’s environmental impact. In this context, the circular economy emerges as a possible alternative. This paper analyses a sports production and retail company transitioning to the circular economy. First, we identified 154 internal circular projects concerning 89 product categories and classified them into different circular strategies and approaches. Then, we conducted interviews with 33 project representatives. Our results show that repair & maintenance is the most employed loop, but sharing economy and recycling also have an essential role. Each circularity loop presents specific challenges, but personal conviction is the common motivator. However, there is a need for greater allocation of resources such as time and budget. Additionally, strong governance is essential to structure these initiatives.
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emse-04187370 , version 1 (07-03-2024)

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Nicole Sofia Rohsig Lopez, Jérémy Legardeur, Jenny Faucheu. Mapping circular economy projects: a case study of a major company in the sports & outdoor industry. ICED23 – 24th International Conference on Engineering Design, université de Bordeaux, Jul 2023, Bordeaux, France. pp.2555-2564, ⟨10.1017/pds.2023.256⟩. ⟨emse-04187370⟩
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