Use to Use - a User Perspective on Product Circularity
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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

Författare

Anneli Selvefors

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design and Human Factors

Oskar Rexfelt

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design and Human Factors

Sara Renström

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design and Human Factors

Helena Strömberg

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design and Human Factors

Journal of Cleaner Production

0959-6526 (ISSN)

Vol. 223 1014-1028

Produkters livscykler från ett brukarperspektiv

Familjen Kamprads stiftelse, 2016-09-01 -- 2019-08-31.

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Innovation och entreprenörskap

Ämneskategorier

Design

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

Övrig annan teknik

Miljövetenskap

Styrkeområden

Produktion

DOI

10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.117

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2019-07-26