Annotated Bibliography

Henninger, Claudia E., et al. “What Is Sustainable Fashion?” Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management; Bradford, vol. 20, no. 4, 2016, pp. 400–16. ProQuest, doi:

In this peer reviewed secondary source, Henninger explores both the history of and the broad use of the term “sustainable fashion,” concluding that there is no singular definition rather a list of possible aspects that different individuals or groups can use to build their own definition of the term. Henninger provides a “sustainable fashion matrix” with all the possible trigger words or terms that typically go along with the term sustainable fashion and acknowledges its limited research pool, the slow fashion market. The multiple definitions will help this project create a definition specific to the project, that can then be the basis of the way the project interprets sources, brands, clothing, and other information.

John, Lijo, and Gopalakrishnan Narayanamurthy. “Converging Sustainability Definitions: Industry Independent Dimensions.” World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, vol. 12, no. 3, 2015, pp. 206–32.

In this secondary source, John and Narayanamurthy create a new form of “holistic definition” for sustainability using a model that brings four elements – environmental, economical, ethical, and social needs – to create a philosophy of sustainability. The E3S model gives strategic, tactical, and operational suggestions for all four elements, making the implementation of sustainability easy for existing companies and groups. This source will be useful for this project because it gives a basic framework for how to judge sustainability in general, in comparison to the previous article where the focus is sustainable fashion.

Shen, Bin. “Sustainable Fashion Supply Chain: Lessons from H&M.” Sustainability, vol. 6, no. 9, 2014, pp. 6236–6249., doi:10.3390/su6096236.

In this peer reviewed secondary source, Shen uses H&M as the example for how to bring sustainability to an already established fast fashion corporation, while still questioning the practices of the company, which has not been completely successful according to Shen. H&M tried to increase sustainability across the board, from the materials used to the carbon emissions of transport; but Shen discovers that the attempt at a sustainable supply chain is more for marketing to the guilt of consumers than a dedication to the cause. This is known as “green retailing.” This source will be beneficial to the project because not only does it explain the relationship of fast fashion and sustainable fashion, it also has an extensive literature review that will be useful when looking at fast fashion companies and their green retailing.

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