Action research engages researchers and communities in iterative, reflective inquiry to address issues and solve problems with the support of data analysis. The study was structured by and analyzed using the prototype Vash Recycling Model (VRM). For three years, January 2005 through December 2007, this study engaged textiles, apparel, and merchandising students at West Virginia University in collaboration with The Mission, a homeless shelter in Clarksburg, in a joint recycling project. The VRM, found to be an effective guide in textiles and apparel recycling, assisted environmental sustainability, and in 2007 eliminated 679,271 pounds of waste from the landfill while generating $101,824.21 to support organizational stability. This effort is critical as textiles and apparel processes and practices negatively impact land, water, and energy resources worldwide. Further testing in various geographical locations, with different populations, and with other recyclables could extend model utility and reinforce global sustainability efforts.
|School:||West Virginia University|
|School Location:||United States -- West Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Home economics education, Agriculture, Environmental science|
|Keywords:||Action research, Environmental education, Model, Recycling, Sustainability, Textiles and apparel, Vash Recycling Model|
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