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The 10 year hoodie

The american company Flint & Tinder manufacture hoodies that last for a very long time. Through the use of quality materials, double threading, a durable fit and a classic design that is made to outwear the fast fads of fashion they have created something that can last at least a decade.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Ease of maintenance and Repair

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Casio G-shock

The Casio G-shock watch, first released in 1983 is one of the prime examples of how extremely durable design doesn’t equals a high price. The sturdy watch have had several fashion revivals since its first initial success and today the product line sees new extensions every year.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Swiss Army Knife

The original Swiss army knife from Victorinox is a true classic and have been known for its quality and long lasting qualities since the first knife was produced for the Swiss army back in 1890.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Attachment and trust

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310 is a classic and with 126 million sold phones since it was released in 2000, it is one of the most popular mobile phones of all time. The 3310 became an instant classic due to the friendly design, the intuitive user-interface and a reputation for extreme durability.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Upgradability and adaptability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Steelcase Think Chair

Environmental concerns played a key role in the design and the chair is designed for disassembly and is cradle-2-cradle certified.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Dis- and reassembly

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model
– Access model
– Performance model

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Droog Chest of Drawers

Chest of drawers is conceptual design made by the dutch design collective Droog back in 1991. It can be seen as criticism on consumerism. The designer Tejo Remy collected old drawers, gave them new enclosures and loosely bundled them into a chest.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and Trust
– Upgradability and adaptability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

Montana

Montana shelving system

Montana is a flexible shelving system of high quality. Montana modules in different sizes and colours, enables the user to build their own furniture solution and create and build up in height and width, make it free-standing, up against a wall or all of it at once.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Standardization and Compatibility
– Upgradability and adaptability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

CircoPIPE

Join the Pipe water bottle

Join the Pipe creates water bottles that can be refilled from the tap. With every bottle they sell in the Western world they give one to a child in Africa. The water bottles are made from PP and BPA free.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Attachment and trust

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

CircoCREUSET

The cast iron pan by le Creuset

Le Creuset has been producing cast iron pans since 1925. People trust this brand for its quality that is why these pans are passed on from generation to generation and extremely long lasting.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Attachment and Trust

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

CircoTIMBA

The original yellow boot by Timberland

Timberlands yellow boots are like Levi’s 505 jeans. Thick leather and timeless design make the model of the shoes durable and long lasting. This model is the only thing that has not changed in design since the first design was made in 1973.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

CircoKOJI

The Koji lamp by Raul Lauri

The products designed by Raul Lauri are made of used coffee grounds. With this specially created technique he started producing bowls, lamps and other home accessories objects.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Gap-exploiter model

CircoLEVIS

The Levi’s 501 jeans

Created in 1873 – Levi’s made its first original 501 button fly jeans. This model of jeans is really an investment: once bought, one can have and wear them for the rest of their life. The quality of these jeans is high because the denim used is tough and thick.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and trust
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Reelight induction bicycle light

Reelight produces bicycle lights that function with induction. Furthermore the lights are attached to the bike which means that they don’t get stolen or forgotten and thereby the product has a much longer life time than other bike lights.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Standardization & Compatiblility
– Dis- & Reassembly

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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THE COPENHAGEN WHEEL

The Copenhagen Wheel transforms your bicycle into a smart electric hybrid, quickly and easily. The Wheel contains a motor, batteries, multiple sensors, wireless connectivity, and an embedded control system.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Standardization & Compatibility
– Ease of maintenance and Repair

Business Model Archetypes:
– Upgradability & Adaptability

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S-POT

A set of pots and objects that can be piled together on the same fire for cooking or warming up the stones. The material used is called ‘pietra ollare’, which is specific soapstone from valtellina, Italy where each piece is handmade according to an old craft.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Upgradability & Adaptability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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REWORK

Rework Cradle to Cradle® certified workwear is the first cotton workwear that will not eventually end up in the dustbin. It is designed in such a way that all the constituent part scan be reused.

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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REPLENISH

Replenish is a new kind of bottle: a reusable upper bottle that attaches to a replaceable concentrate refill pod.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Dis- & Reassembly

Business Model Archetypes:
– Hybrid model

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Gaggia Classic- espresso machine

The Gaggia Classic is an espresso machine for home use with professional quality. The design didn’t change since the 70’s. Because coffee enthusiast love the machine there are plenty of online guides to maintain, repair or upgrade these machines.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment & Trust
– Ease of maintenance and Repair

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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NWS SANDALS

The Reef Redemption line is concerned with developing products that have as little environmental impact as possible, by using non-toxic materials and glues, as well as using the smallest amount of material possible.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and trust

Business Model Archetypes:
– Gap-exploiter model

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RememberMe-Oxfam

RememberMe is a project that captured stories from people that brought products to an Oxfam charity shop. The stories give greater value to the product.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment & Trust

Business Model Archetypes:
– Gap-exploiter model

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IRON & RESIN

Iron & Resin is a Californian brand that sells streetwear clothing and motorcycle accessories. The relative advantage that this brand is focusing on is its hand crafted quality made in the USA.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Attachment and trust

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Gispen Steeltop

Gispen Steeltop is a desk that is adjustable in height to promote ergonomics. The whole product is made out of steel. Making it very durable and recyclable in case the product would turn obsolete.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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GDIAPERS

Gdiapers is an affordable, accessible diaper that is gentle and breathable for their babies and a diaper whose production and disposal regenerates the environment rather than depletes it.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and trust

Business Model Archetypes:
– Hybrid model

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the Ultimaker

Ultimaker is an open source company hosting an open source community where people can share their creativity and help eachother out. With the Ultimaker every user can create and print his own creations.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and turst
– Product durability
– Ease of maintenance and Repair

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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FREITAG

Freitag products are made from original recycled materials (used truck tarps, used car seat belts, used air bags and used bicycle inner tubes). Because the materials are tough, the products are too.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and trust
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Gap-exploiter model

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Copic marker

Copic markers are the highest qualitative markers in the world. The are designed for a lifetime of use, so the user only needs to buy a copic once and refill it when necessary.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Hybrid model

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Link

Link is modular product featuring units that join together to create freestanding partitions and room dividers. Depending on how the units are stacked, Link can be used for multi purposes and different interior settings.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and Trust
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Bugaboo Cameleon

The Cameleon is able to be used from newborns to toddlers and designed to last at least 15 years. Every user can adjust the Bugaboo Cameleon to his own preferences, the stroller is available in many different colours.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and trust
– Product durability
– Upgradability and adaptability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Cork pals

Cork pals are 3D printed toys that exist out of two parts and a used wine cork. They stimulate recycling and are especially designed to be printed with PLA plastic, a biodegradable thermoplastic.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Ease of maintenance and Repair

Business Model Archetypes:
– The acces model

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Zeiss: self-tinting glasses

The self-tinting glasses are extremely convenient for people who are dependent on their glasses and constantly going indoors and outdoors.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Standardization and compatibility

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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My Paper Bag

The My Paper Bag Original is a bag made of ecological tanned leather in a Fair Trade certified workshop in India. It is a high qualitative bag. The leather and the wooden bottom inside make the bag durable and long lasting. The leather becomes even more appealing over the years.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and trust
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Public transport bicycle

The public transport bicycle (OV-fiets) is a bicycle made for renting services. The bicycle is designed for durability and ease to adjust.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Ease of maintenance and Repair

Business Model Archetypes:
– Access model

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Opinel pocket knife

The Opinel pocket knife is a foldable knife made of carbon or stainless steel and a Beech wooden handle. The original Opinel knives are made of carbon steel, famous for their high quality cutting edge. The knife is easy to sharpen but requires carefully maintenance due to its sensitivity to rust.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Attachment and trust
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model

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Dopper

The Dopper is a drinking bottle designed to fight plastic pollution due to the disposal of single-use, plastic drinking bottles. The Dopper is a multifunctional product, it can be used as a normal drinking bottle and when you separate the upper and lower part you have a glass and a carafe.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability
– Ease of maintenance and Repair

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model
– Gap-exploiter model

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GH Form Urban furniture

GH Form produces urban furniture, mainly in cast iron. The company produces durable products with a long product life and the philosophy is to create modern and timeless designs. The company has introduced a leasing model, where the company is responsible for all maintenance and a take back system to ensure that the materials is recycled.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Product durability

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life model
– Access model

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Lego

Lego has created a tool for kids (and adults) to be creative and have the possibility to explore freedom in form over and over again because of its ease to dis- and reassemble. Lego’s group motto is “only the best is the best”, to encourage the employees to always value quality above everything else, this can be seen in the product itself; long lasting because of its high quality.

Circular Design Strategies:
– Standardization and compatibility
– Dis- and reassembly

Business Model Archetypes:
– Classic long life mode

ETEAQ – iPhone cases

The iPhone cases from the PURE collection by Hong Kong based company ETEAQ are made from recycled materials. The plastic is industrial recycled plastic and the teak wood is leftover wood from a Singaporean furniture company that uses teak wood from old Javanese (Indonesian) houses. Next to the usage of recycled materials they also give back with their tree-adopting program: on each case a 6-digit number can be found which is linked to a tree that is given to a farmer in Java. Via ETEAQ’s website the user can virtually fly to ‘their’ tree with the Tree Tracker, a tool developed by […]

Katvig children’s clothes

Katvig is a danish company that produces sustainable quality clothes for children. The garments are made from recycled materials and organic cotton and the clothes are designed to be durable and to last. The company organises swap parties where parents can come and exchange clothes as their children outgrow it. Katvig is currently working on a leasing system so the parents would rent the clothes instead of buying it. Circular Design Strategies  Durability: the clothes are made to last. Business Model Archetypes Classic long life model: the clothes are sold in traditional childrens clothes store Access mode: the company is experimenting with a renting service Product Life Cycle […]

Roetz Bikes

Roetz Bikes is a brand that remanufactures old bikes from brands that have excelled in making robust frames that last longer the rest of the bike. They make appealing bikes by using quality parts in nice colour schemes to attract users that care about the environment and users that just want a fancy bike. They produce in cooperation with sheltered workshops (Sociale werkplaats) and they source old bikes from municipal depots. Circular Design Strategies  Attachment & Trust: Roetz bikes have a narrative and some of the models have parts that can be combined into a custom bike. Together with the stylish […]

Gstar Raw for the Oceans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wYANjrfaQ8 Gstar and Pharrel created a concept called Raw for the Oceans. Plastic from the ocean is collected and recycled into bionic yarn. This yarn is used to create new clothes. Circular design strategies. Design for dis- and reassembly: plastic out of the oceans are recycled into new products. Design for Durability: The product is made of good quality what is enabling a very long lifetime. Design for attachment and trust: creating a bond by choosing jeans designed by a famous singer. Business model archetypes Classic Long Life Model Product life cycle stage Jeans are in their maturity phase.

Leatherman

Leatherman, the original American multi-tools with a 25-year, no-questions-asked warranty Leatherman. Next to the fact that the Leatherman is built with metals which are optimised in strength using heat treatment, they take extraordinary measures so your Leatherman product will give you many years of dependable service. Circular Design Strategies  Product Attachment and Trust:  the product can be used everyday, this enables the build-up of an emotional bond and narrative with the product. Product Durability: they give a very extensive warranty and provide services to meet the long life expectations.  Product Ease of Maintenance and Repair: all the product parts can be separated and reassembled easily. […]

Ekocycle

A new collaboration between EKOCYCLE and 3D Systems is making the technology more accessible for novices and experienced users alike. The EKOCYCLETM Cube® 3D Printer allows home users the ability to create new, beautiful and meaningful objects with a groundbreaking printer filament made in part from assorted post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Circular design strategies Design for durability: products in this case are used optimally. The plastic bottles that are already used will be re-used again as new products. Design for dis- and reassembly: the plastic bottle gets reassembled. Both the lid and the bottle will be reused and recycled into […]

Car to Go

Car to Go is a pay by use car sharing service in European and North American cities. The company is a subsidiary of Daimerler AG that provides electric Smart Fortwo cars, that are exclusively used by Car to Go. The cars are located throughout the city and can be user-accessed by using the car2go App. There is no obligation to return the car to its original location. Your use is charged by the minute (€0,31), hour (€14) or day (€69). Circular Design Strategies  Product Standardization & Compatibility: the rental cars are all the same. Less ‘custom’ options are used than in […]

Econyl socks

Econyl uses a regeneration system that is based on sustainable chemistry. The system transforms nylon from waste such as clothing and fishing nets into raw materials without loss of quality. The new fibers produced have the same properties as Nylon 6. These fibers are then transformed into new products, like the socks. (http://healthyseas.org) Circular design strategies Design for dis- and reassembly: waste that is gained from open waters is turned into new raw material and finally new products. Business model archetypes The classic long life model: with the regeneration system waste can be turned into new raw materials. Products can […]

Pay-per-lux by Philips and Turntoo

A project developed between Thomas Rau and Philips looked at selling light as a service. Customers in this case will pay only for the amount of light they use. Philips created a light plan that helped with an energy reduction of around 50%. Philips will stay the owner of the light plan, and the customer pays per energy used. (Source: http://www.lighting.philips.com/pwc_li/main/shared/assets/downloads/casestudy-rau-int.pdf) Circular design strategies Design for durability: Philips optimized the light plan by effective system management and by LED optimization. Energy is used in a smart way and therefor necessary in smaller amounts. Design for ease of maintenance and repair: […]

Mud Jeans

Mud Jeans works with a concept named Cotton Lease. When a person is not wearing their jeans anymore, they can be send back. The materials in the jeans will be re-used and transformed into vintage denim or recycled into a sweater of other product. In return for sending back the jeans the person gets 30 euro discount on a new pair of a 30 euros gift card. In the leasing concept are other features for customers, like free repair. (Source: http://www.mudjeans.eu/lease-philosophy/) Circular design strategies Design for ease of maintenance and repair: the jeans get repaired when they are in proper […]

San Daily

San Daily is a highly concentrated ecological sanitary cleaner for professional use. The product can be used for daily cleaning of shower, bathtub, toilet, sink and other bathroom components. San Daily removes grease and soap from acid-resistant materials. The material is free from chlorine, other halogen compounds, inorganic acids and petroleum-based detergents. The detergents used are all of plant origin. All the materials that are of non-mineral origin are fully biodegradable. (Source: http://www.ecover-professional.com/nl/cradle-to-cradle-range/product/san-daily) Circular design strategies Design for durability: the new composition of the materials used in San Daily are defined in creation of optimum product reliability with regards to […]

mushroom packaging

Mushroom packaging by Ecovative Design is a renewable way of packaging that performs like foam. The mushroom material where the package is made of is a combination of agricultural waste and fungal mycelium. Mycelium is natural, self-assembling glue. The package can end up in your garden, since it is fully compostable. Circular design strategies Design for durability: with this new material packaging can be made of materials that are natural, renewable and biodegradable. Business model archetypes The classic long life model: the new packaging material is of comparable quality as foam, and lasts as long as it has to last, […]

HM conscious

H&M started the Garment Collection program. A program that allows people to return unwanted clothing to H&M stores. H&M then turns these clothes into raw materials that can be used in further production. At this moment, around 20% of the used clothing can be used for new production. (Source: http://about.hm.com/en/About/sustainability/commitments/reduce-waste/closing-the-loop.html) Circular design strategies Design for durability: unwanted clothes can be re-used for optimum usage of the materials. Design for dis- and reassembly: the clothes get disassembled in raw materials to further use in new clothing. Business model archetypes The classic long life model: with the used clothes, new clothes will […]

Tableware by Nendo & Coca Cola

Japanese architect and designer Nendo teamed up with Coca Cola to up-cycle the glass bottles into glass blown tableware. The new tableware still has the iconic green colour. Goal of this collaboration is to make people aware of the possibilities of re-use from the glass bottles and get people to wash and re-use their glass bottles. Circular design strategies Design for durability: products in this case are used optimally. The glass bottles that are already re-used several times, and that cannot be used for their originally purpose will be re-used one more time as tableware. Design for dis- and reassembly: […]

Carlsberg green fiber bottle

Carlsberg introduced a three-year project with a packaging company (ecoXpac) to develop a bottle that is made of materials (also the cap) that are biodegradable and biobased. An example of these materials is sustainably sourced wood-fiber used for the bottle. (Source: http://www.carlsberggroup.com/investor/news/Pages/CarlsbergandPartnerstoDevelopBiodegradableWood-FiberBottle.aspx#.VT9EC6b4mCs) Circular design strategies Design for dis- and reassembly: the product is made of biodegradable and biobased materials. This to allow the bottle to degrade and let the materials return to prior state. Business model archetypes The classic long life model: this product is produced with new biodegradable materials. It is aiming for high-quality at the right price. Product […]

Gustav

Gustav is the first cradle to cradle stuffed animal in the world. It is made only of materials that can be re-used. The buyer has to bring back the toy to the producer after its done using it. The toy is originally a mascot for a German kids TV show. (Source: http://epea-hamburg.org/en/news/gustav-heunec-first-c2c-certified-toy). Circular design strategies Design for attachment and trust: stuffed animals and kids often have a special bond together. Especially when the toy is produced to last for a long time it should create a special attachment. Design for durability: as mentioned by the C2C centre (http://www.c2c-com/news/gustav-first-cradle-cradle®-toy-sale): Gustav is […]

Puma InCycle

Puma launched two new collections with re-issues of iconic Puma styles and new designed products. Puma redesigned a collection at two levels. At first they looked at the pigments and dyestuff used in their products. Also the products are made with the end of use in consideration to make it work the biological cycle. The other level were Puma improved their products is a service that is called the Puma Bring Me Back program. It is a textile-recycling program that is focusing on creating a closed-loop system. After someone is done with wearing the Puma InCycle products, they can return […]

Patagonia Backpack

Patagonia’s mission statement says: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis” This backpack is made with the Black Hole™ Duffel fabric which is highly weather-resistant and super durable. Circular Design Strategies  Product Durability: they give a very extensive warranty and provide services to meet the long life expectations.  Business Model Archetypes Classic long life model Product Life Cycle stage Mature stage

Melting Pot Table

Perpetuating transience: enormous amounts of used plastics are used to make an indestructible table. Molten disposable plastic gets the sturdiness and strength of marble. Remains of recycled synthetic material is unique and actually too appealing to be called waste. That’s why Dirk van der Kooij collected left over materials, each and every one with its own history, color and pattern. This left over material goes into a ‘melting pot.’ The result: a bold and stylish table with magnificent patterns and colours, and not one is the same. (source: Dirk van der Kooij) Circular Design Strategies  Product Durability: this products that can […]

Sub

The Sub is made by Heineken and Krups. With this product draft beer can be served at home. The Sub can be easily re-assembled to insert the “Torps”. These are beer kegs especially made for the Sub. The combination of a durable product and short-lived consumables is supporting the lifetime extension of the product. Circular Design Strategies  Product Standardisation & Compatibility: the Torps can be interchanged across different models. Product Dis- & Reassembly: the product can be assembled easily to change the Torps. Business Model Archetypes Hybrid model:.a durable product (Sub) together with the short-lived consumable (Torp) Product Life Cycle stage Introductory stage: home beer […]

Safety razor

The German equipment is well known for its high level of quality and its durability, here the same apply to this fine product. You can easily re-assemble the product to insert new razor blades. This combination of a durable product and short-lived consumables is supporting the lifetime extension of the product. Circular Design Strategies  Product Attachment and Trust: the Razor can be used a lifetime, which enables the build-up of an emotional bond with the product. Product Standardisation & Compatibility: the Razor blades can be interchanged across different models. Product Dis- & Reassembly: all the parts can be separated and reassembled easily Business […]

Cycleswap

https://vimeo.com/116682867 As a result of today’s increasing connectedness it has become possible for people to safely rent commodities from one another, despite living in completely different parts of the world. As an alternative to renting from a company, through Cycleswap you can rent the best bicycle while interacting with Amsterdam’s local community.  (source: Cycleswap). Circular Design Strategies  Business Model Archetypes Access Model Product Life Cycle stage Introductory stage:  the concept of sharing bikes is very new

Zippo

Zippo is one of the most famous lighters in the world. Zippo is more expansive than other lighters, bute they are high in quality and durability. The lighter works on gasoline and can be refilled by the user himself. Today, though most products are simply disposable or available with limited warranties, the Zippo lighter is still backed by its famous lifetime guarantee, “It works or we fix it free.™” In more than 80 years, no one has ever spent a cent on the mechanical repair of a Zippo lighter regardless of the lighter’s age or condition. (Zippo.com/care) Circular Design Strategies  […]

De Kledingfabriek

Image source: https://www.facebook.com/pages/De-Kledingfabriek/223025291063652?sk=timeline The kleding bibliotheek offer access to clothes at different price categories. With a subscribtion you can rent clothes several times. Their goals is to be more efficient and eco-friendly by sharing clothes instead of buying something and using it only a few times. The clothes itself get a longer life, while the user does not need to use the clothes for a very long time. Circular Design Strategies Design for adaptability and upgradability: Even though they do not design the product themselves, they offer the customer to easily adapt their wardrobe to the newest trends. Since they […]

Project Ara

Imagine source: http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml This modular mobile phone enables the user to put together their own custom made phone with the specifications their desire. The user can set different parameters for different components and creates its own phone. If a component breaks down, it is easy to re-order and replace. Circular Design Strategies Design for attachment and trust: the user puts together their own phone, while doing this they will create more attachment to this. Design for durability: The phone enables the user to re-order parts and repair something if it is not working. Because of this easy repair, the life […]

Stokke Chair

Image source: http://www.amazon.com/Stokke-Tripp-Trapp-High-Chair/dp/B001D154T2 This chair can adjust and grow with the user. Depending on the age and size of the user, the configuration of the chair can be changed. The timeless and neutral design enables the long life of this product. Circular Design Strategies Design for attachment and trust: If this product is something you already own since you are 6 months old, it will become something that you feel attached to. The different positions in which the seating can be put in, depend on your stage in life and can be seen as a milestone. Design for durability: The […]

The Rainforest Connection

Image source: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/08/saving-the-rainforest-the-solutions-in-our-pockets-brenna-fischer/ The rainforest connection collects old phones that reached the end of life. They extend the life span of these phone by using them for another purpose: they connect them with a solar panel and attach this unit to a tree in a rainforest. Whenever the phone receives the sound of chainsaw, it sends a message with a location. This way the illegal lumbers are located and an agent can be send. Circular Design Strategy Design for adaptability and upgradability: without the smartphone producers even knew it, they created something that could also have another purpose. After the […]

Fairphone

This durable phone that is easy to repair, seduces the user to re-use and supports safe recycling. Besides that, this phone is produced with conflict-free materials under safe working conditions. In their promotion video they say: designed to open, designed to repair and designed to last. Circular Design Strategies Design for Durability. They provide services online that will increase the product lifespan: Sale of parts, Repairguides through ifixit.com, repair services. Design for ease of maintenance and repair & design for dis- and reassembly: Since Fairphone wants to encourage the user to repair their phone themselves, it is important that the […]

Caterpillar Bulldozers

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar_D6 Caterpillar is a leader in remanufacturing technologies and processes. When a product returns to the remanufacturing facility, they disassemble it to the smallest part. After a thorough cleanse the facility will recondition the part to a same-as-new condition. This helps reducing costs for the customer since they return to product or part at the same quality as a new one for a fraction of the price of a new one. The same quality garantee can be given to these same-as-new bulldozer. Circular Design Strategies Design for durability: Caterpillar offers great post purchase service to their customers with […]

Gazelle bicycles

A very common image in the dutch landscape: Gazelle bicycles. Gazelle bicycles often have multiple owners in their very long life span – reusing the product. A survey conducted by Readers Digest in 2010 found that Gazelle is the most trusted bicycle brand in the Netherlands. The first owner probably paid big money for a bicycle that stands for quality. After multiple years, when the bicycle gets older and neglected, this will switch from one owner to another. This makes service providence hard for Gazelle, eventually they do not have contact with the user anymore. Only first or second user […]

Herman Miller Mirra Chair

Imagine source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rosenfeldmedia/3260817875/ Herman Miller makes office furniture and sustainability is one of their core values. They try to minimize the impact of the lifecycle of their products. They start with this in a very early stage in the supply chain. Their aim is to create 100% green and waste-free products within 2020. The Mirra Chair is Cradle to Cradle certified and the design has a very strong focus on design for disassembly. They also have demonstrations in which they show that their product can be taken apart within a few minutes! When the user does not want to the […]

Rolls Royce Airplane Engines

Image source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gearbox,_inlet_and_compressors_of_sectioned_Rolls-Royce_Dart_turboprop_01.jpg Rolls Royce does not only provide their customers (commercial airlines) airplane engines, they only charge their customers for the actual flown hours. It is the responsibility and the risk of the company that the engines are running according to plan. Within this business model, the company needs to design a really high quality product because they do not generate profit when the product is not operating – the ultimate access model. Circular Design Strategies Firstly, it is important and the cheapest for the company to design a durable product. When they do not have to repair anything […]

Miele Washing Machines

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miele The slogan of this washing machine brand phrases: “Miele, er is geen betere” (Miele, there is not better option). Miele is an A-brand, their products are more expensive than others but they are high of quality and efficiency. The user does not only pay for the machine itself, but also on services that are focussed on extending the lifespan of the product. These services contain: repair guides on the website, repair services and cleaning/maintenance of the machine. Other services are there to confirm the long lifespan of the products, for example: the Miele Service Certificate. For 200 […]

Sandwichbike

The Sandwichbike gets its name from the fact that its frame is made from two weather-coated layered plywood plates, that most of the custom-made components are sandwiched between. A series of aluminum “smart cylinders” connect the two plates to one another, while also serving as mounting points for things like the seat tube, headset and bottom bracket. Buyers will receive everything (including the necessary assembly tools) by mail in a flat cardboard box, and put it all together themselves – there are less than 50 parts in the entire kit. The designers inform us that in the final production version, a complete […]