Product-service systems and sustainability: Analysing the environmental impacts of rental clothing

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Business models like product-service systems (PSSs) often recognise different sustainability goals and are seen as solutions for the impacts of consumption and fast fashion, but there is a lack of evidence supporting the environmental claims of such business models for clothing. The research aimed to understand if rental clothing business models such as PSSs have the environmental benefits often purported by quantifying the environmental impacts of rental formal dresses in a life-cycle assessment (LCA) in a case study in Stockholm, Sweden. The effects of varying consumer behaviour on the potential impact of a PSS vs. linear business model are explored through three functional units and 14 consumption scenarios. How users decide to engage with clothing PSSs dictates the environmental savings potential that a PSS can have, as shown in how many times consumers wear garments, how they use rental to substitute their purchasing or use needs, as well as how consumers travel to rental store locations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2118
Number of pages30
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Business Administration

Free keywords

  • Consumer behaviour
  • Environmental impact
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Product-service system
  • Rental clothing
  • Sustainable business model


Dive into the research topics of 'Product-service systems and sustainability: Analysing the environmental impacts of rental clothing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this