Use to Use - a User Perspective on Product Circularity
Journal article, 2019

The discussion regarding product circularity is often framed from a production and business model perspective. In this paper, people's consumption processes are taken as a new point of departure and a re-framing of product circularity from a user perspective is proposed to complement the current narrative. This user-centred perspective emphasises the importance of product exchange, which underscores that products can be transferred in tight loops from one user to another, i.e. from Use to Use. It also highlights a number of challenges and practicalities that circular paths of consumption may entail for people in everyday life, and thus points to new opportunities for designing products and services that can create enabling preconditions that make it possible, more convenient, and more preferable for people to circulate products. These design opportunities can be categorised into four design strategies that can support the development of products and services fit for circular consumption processes. How the proposed reframing compares to the current narrative is discussed and recommendations for future research are proposed.

User-centred design

Product circularity

Sustainable consumption

Product lifetimes

Circular economy

Circular product design

Author

Anneli Selvefors

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Oskar Rexfelt

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Sara Renström

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Helena Strömberg

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Journal of Cleaner Production

0959-6526 (ISSN)

Vol. 223 1014-1028

A User Perspective on Product Life-Cycles

Kamprad Family Foundation, 2016-09-01 -- 2019-08-31.

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Design

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Environmental Sciences

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.117

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7/26/2019