Steelcase 1

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

Relight 2

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

replenish_reusable_bottle

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

UM22

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

CircoLEGO

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]