The Value Chain of Textile Industry
According to the desk research, the value chain of textile industry starts from the design stage. Based on the textile design, the raw materials are formed into fabric and yarn. With those materials, textile products are finally manufactured and sold in the market. Unfortunately, normally, the products end up in the trash bin after use. Transportation connects the whole traditional value chain in the textile industry, which also causes greenhouse gas emissions and energy waste.
Fig 1. Value chain of textile industry.
Uncover Deep Insights of the Textile Industry with Stakeholders through Interviews
With the basic knowledge of the textile value chain, we conducted stakeholder research to uncover the understanding of stakeholders and the textile industry. Based on the value chain of the textile industry, we identified the relevant stakeholders. After stakeholders analysis, we conducted expert consultations with fashion companies as our primary stakeholders. At the same time, we also took secondary stakeholders - including a natural dyed textile studio, local residents of textile manufacturing area, and textile manufacturing factories - into consideration.
Through stakeholder interviews, we aimed to understand the situation of the textile industry better and uncover deep pains, gains, and desires of the stakeholders. We used both structured and thematic forms in our interviews. In structured interviews, the questions posed by the interviewer are created and followed through the process. On the other hand, we also did thematic interviews and let the discussion flow more freely with the interviewees delivering interesting opinions.
Primary stakeholder - fashion companies with higher environmental awareness
- Pure Waste
- A natural dyed textile studio, Osem
- Local residents of textile manufacturing areas
- A textile manufacturing factory in Bangladesh
Fig 2. Stakeholders mapping based on power and the ability to transition.
Fig 3. Stakeholders mapping.
Fig 4, 5, 6 & 7 Interviews with different stakeholders.
Fig 8. Interview quotes.
Fig 9 & 10. Insights of the stakeholder research.