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Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial)Logforum. 2023. 19(2), article 10, 303-315; DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2023.841


Peter Davis Sumo1,8, Philip Kofi Alimo2,8, Stephen Agyeman3,4,8, Dorris Zayzay Sumo5, Liling Cai6, Xiaofen Ji6,7

1Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
College of Transportation Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, PR China 3Department of Civil Engineering, Sunyani Technical University, Sunyani, Ghana 4School of Transportation, Southeast University, Nanjing, PR China 5School of Economics and Management, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China 6School of International Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China 7China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China 8Organization of African Academic Doctors (OAAD), Nairobi, Kenya


Background: The textile industry generates a large volume of waste due to the increasing demand for clothing for daily use and fashion. To reduce waste, reverse logistics (RL) has been proposed to ensure the recycling and reuse of waste textiles in the value chain. RL has been broadly examined in several manufacturing supply chains but less explored in the textile industry. The absence of a systematic review on textile reverse logistics (TRL) makes it difficult to identify existing knowledge gaps and research opportunities.

Methods: Using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) framework, this paper contributes a systematic literature review of 28 relevant papers published on TRL between 1999 and August 2022.

Results: Overall, there is a shortage of recycling facilities in developing economies. There is a need for quantitative models that assess the location and potential disruptions and aversion of the resulting risks of TRL. Investigating consumers’ perspectives on the desire to sort and transport old textiles to collection sites would be helpful to manufacturers. Additionally, system optimization to reduce emissions that emerge through the TRL production line would help reduce costs. It is also found that incentivizing clothing businesses that adhere to TRL practices would encourage more participation.

Conclusions: This study discusses research opportunities in TRL that are beneficial to the clothing and textiles industry and researchers in developing new waste management strategies.


Keywords: Textile Reverse Logistics; Textile Recycling; Textile waste management; Systematic review
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MLA Sumo, Peter Davis, et al. "Research Opportunities in Textile Reverse Logistics: A Systematic Review." Logforum 19.2 (2023): 10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2023.841
APA Peter Davis Sumo, Philip Kofi Alimo, Stephen Agyeman, Dorris Zayzay Sumo, Liling Cai, Xiaofen Ji (2023). Research Opportunities in Textile Reverse Logistics: A Systematic Review. Logforum 19 (2), 10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2023.841
ISO 690 SUMO, Peter Davis, et al. Research Opportunities in Textile Reverse Logistics: A Systematic Review. Logforum, 2023, 19.2: 10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2023.841