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Lan, Susan, 2023. Assessing Textile Raw Materials and Exploring Sustainable Sources for Future Renewable Textile Materials for IKEA of Sweden. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)



I chose the Agroecology program with the anticipation that the significance of agriculture would
become increasingly prominent in the future, nurturing within me the aspiration of owning my own
Through these courses, I have come to comprehend the essence of organic farming and have
acquired fundamental techniques in cultivating crops, such as crop rotation, intercropping, fertilizer
management, and irrigation. This learning has reinforced my understanding of the vital role
sustainable agriculture plays in the ongoing development of both the agricultural realm and the
world at large. Concurrently studying and actively applying these principles in my home garden and
farmland, where I cultivate vegetables, fruits, and raise quails, has allowed me to merge theory with
practice. This master program greatly contributes to my future aspirations of managing my own
farm or engaging in agricultural value chains.
Throughout courses, I delved into research on Norwegian salmon farming and its supply chain,
conducted visits and interviews at diverse farms in Sweden, gained insights into the forests of
southern Sweden, and prepared to compile a research report on organic farming in Australia. The
internship at IKEA's textile department has further enriched my knowledge and experiences. I have
learned that the textile industry poses significant environmental challenges, including pollution and
water scarcity. It is essential to conduct sustainable practices, such as utilizing recycled products
like cotton and viscose, as well as exploring renewable raw materials like hybrid poplar, agro-waste,
and bamboo, to reduce waste, carbon emissions, and water consumption in textile production. IKEA
can enhance its sustainability efforts by replacing synthetic fibers with renewable alternatives,
prioritizing high-yield crops and low-impact woods, thereby contributing to circular production and
environmental preservation.
I am particularly excited about the prospect of interconnecting my background in medical
science and microbiology with the agricultural domain, thus contributing to the positive
development of humanity and our planet.
Whether it pertains to technological advancements or personal growth, sustainability stands as a
cornerstone. In our current age, our planet bears the scars of myriad wounds, beset by recurring
natural disasters. Post my engagement with this program, I find myself better equipped to steer
towards the right direction in making a meaningful impact upon the world. Furthermore, I aspire to
provide the right guidance and influence to those around me.

Main title:Assessing Textile Raw Materials and Exploring Sustainable Sources for Future Renewable Textile Materials for IKEA of Sweden
Authors:Lan, Susan
Supervisor:Adler, Anneli and Palmberg, Anna
Examiner:Dubois, Marie-Claude
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2023
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM005 Agroecology - Master's programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)
Keywords:drought, water scarcity, land degradation, cotton (Gossypium sp.), synthetic textiles, viscose, lyocell, IKEA, agro-waste, poplar (Populus sp.), bamboo ( Bambusoideae), sustainability
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Deposited On:12 Oct 2023 08:06
Metadata Last Modified:13 Oct 2023 01:00

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