A User Perspective on Product Life-Cycles
The objective of the project is to develop methods and tools to support companies to develop cirkular products and services, that benefit companies, consumers, and the environment.
The number of avaliable product development methods and tools for supporting sustainable consumption is low. Moreover, the exisiting methods focus on issues of production and business rather than the consumers and their needs. Addressing the needs of the consumer has large potential and it makes it relevant to discuss questions such as: How can products be designed for shared use? How can we encourage people to pass thier products on to someone else once they no longer have use for them? How can we design products for multiple use-cycles?
A first verison of a tool to address such questions has been developed. The tentative tool lets companies explore the process of obtaining, using, and ridding products, in order to identify opportunities for supporting circular paths of consumption from a user-perspective.
Oskar Rexfelt (contact)
Associate Professor at Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors
Doctoral Student at Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors
Visiting Researcher at Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors
Senior Lecturer at Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors
Kamprad Family Foundation
Funding Chalmers participation during 2016–2019
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