Cirkla Modo’s Library – Books

This Cirkla Modo’s Library section is listing books related to the circularity and sustainability of fashion, as well as concepts for design and business in a circular economy perspective.  It aims to offer a relevant list of sources which drives a better understanding of the issue.


Detoxing the Fashion Industry, by Frank Michel and Steve Kaelble with compliments of ZDHC, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Economia Circular: 50 estudos de casos, a Brazilian book with 50 case studies on Circular Economy, by Diego Iritani.


Earth Logic: Fashion Action Research Plan, by Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham, The J J Charitable Trust.

The Circular Economy Handbook – by Peter Lacy,  Jessica Long and Wesley Spindler, Pub. Palgrave McMillan.

Organic Cotton: is it a sustainable solution? , edited by Miguel Angel  Gardetti and Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Springer.

Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion – by Alison Gwilt, Alice Payne and my countrywoman and friend Evelise Anicet Ruthschling, Bloomsblury.


Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy – edited by Kirsi Niinimäki, Aalto University.

Circular Economy in Textiles and Apparel: Processing, Manufacturing and Design – edited by Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Woodhead Publishing.

For German customers, Einfach anziehend – Der Guide für alle, die Wegwerfmode satthaben: In 10 Schritten zum öko-fairen Kleiderschrank – by Kirsten Brodde and Alf-Tobias Zahn, oekom.

Fashioned from Nature – by  Edwina Ehrman from the V&A Museum exhibition.  

Strategic Management and the Circular Economy – by Marcello Tonelli and Nicolò Cristoni, Routledge.

Sustainable Fashion: Governance and New Management Approaches – by Sarah Jastram and Anna-Maria Schneider, Springer.

Circular Route: A roadmap for a circular business model – by Guido Braam Eburon.

Designing for the Circular Economy – edited by Martin Charter, Routledge.

For german readers about greenwashing, Die grüne Lüge (The green lie) from Kathrin Hartmann, Blessing. The book was transformed into a film, directed by Werner Boote.

For portuguese readers! Book + Sustentabilidade às Marcas Moda, coordinated by Isabela Marotto and with Alice’s collaboration – Chapter #4 Circular Fashion.


Neo-materials in the circular economy. Fashion – M. Ricchetti, Edizioni Ambiente.

Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming – edited by Paul Hawken, Penguin.

Craft of Use: Post Growth Fashion – Kate Fletcher, Routledge.

Slave to Fashion – Safia Minney, New Internationalist.

Fashion Ethics – Sue Thomas, Routledge.

Fashion Fibers: Designing for Sustainability – Annie Gullingsrud, Bloomsbury.

Sustainability in Fashion: A Cradle to Upcycle Approach – Henninger et al., Springer.


Zero Waste Fashion Design  Timo Rissanen ans Holly McQuillan, Bloomsbury.

Sustainable Fibres for Fashion Industry – Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu and Miguel Gardetti, Springer.

Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics – Safia Minney, New Internationalist.

Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe – Greta Eagan, Running Press.

Fixing Fashion: Rethinking the Way We Make, Market and Buy Our Clothes – Michael Lavergne, New Society Publishers.

Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation Patrick Van Der Pijl et al., John Wiley & Sons.


Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future – Jennifer Farley Gordon and Colleen Hill, Bloomsbury.

Waste to Wealth: The Circular Economy Advantage – Peter Lacy and Jakob Rutqvist, Palgrave Mcmillan.

The Sustainable Business – Jonathan T. Scoth, CIPS/EFMD. Free online in 5 languages.


Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book Of Fashion – Tansy E. Hoskins, Pluto Press.

The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade – Pietra Rivoli, Wiley.

A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion – Alison Gwilt, Bloomsbury.

Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys – Kate Fletcher, Routledge.

And another ones…

2013 –The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability-Designing for AbundanceMichael Braungart and William McDonough, North Point Press.

2013 –ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials – Sass Brown, Laurence King.

2012 – Fashion & Sustainability: Design for ChangeKate Fletcher and Lynda Grose, Laurence King.

2012 – Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion – Elizabeth L. Cline, Portfolio.

2012 – Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution – Safia Minney, New Internationalist.

2011 – To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? – Lucy Siegle, 4th Estate.

2002 – Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things Michael Braungart and William McDonough, North Point Press.

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