Designing from the dumpster : experiences of developing products using discards
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2016

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.

resource recovery

closed loop

sustainable design

product development.

design process

material cycles

design education



design methods

industrial waste


Isabel Ordonez Pizarro

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors

Oskar Rexfelt

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors

International Journal of Sustainable Design

1743-8292 (eISSN)

Vol. In press


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