Designing from the dumpster : experiences of developing products using discards
Journal article, 2017

This article presents results from the Waste to Design (W2D) project, that analysed six product development theses projects done to make use of specific waste materials. The W2D project investigated what challenges are faced when designing with waste and how they could be addressed. It was found that there is a need for a pre-process, where: material properties are analysed, several possible application areas are suggested and later screened to determine one product type to develop. The main challenge observed was the lack of reliable material property data for the discarded materials, which hindered well informed screening. Understanding the processes needed for designing with waste is a first step in order to facilitate this work in the future.

sustainable design

product development.

closed loop

material cycles

design education


resource recovery

industrial waste

design methods


design process


Isabel Ordonez Pizarro

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Oskar Rexfelt

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

International Journal of Sustainable Design

1743-8292 (eISSN)

Vol. 3 2 61-78

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories


Areas of Advance


Materials Science



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