Circular products: the balance between sustainability and excessive margins in design
Paper i proceeding, 2024

As the world deals with climate change, it is crucial that new products are designed to be more sustainable. Product design strategies which conform to the Circular Economy principles have recently gained attention, which promote sustainability and resource efficiency. However, such strategies require careful consideration of uncertainties and the ways to mitigate them, e.g. by using margins. The pursuit of circularity can inadvertently lead to overdesign as designers strive to mitigate elevated risks, thereby making a product less sustainable. In this paper, we explore this balance.


circular economy

product design


sustainable design


Arindam Brahma

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling

Sophie Isaksson Hallstedt

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling

David C. Wynn

University of Auckland

Ola Isaksson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling

Proceedings of the Design Society

2732527X (eISSN)

Vol. 4 1199-1208

2024 International Design Society Conference, Design 2024
Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Croatia,


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi


Hållbar utveckling



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