Community repair: enabling repair as part of the movement towards a circular economy

Gnanapragasam, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8777-4847 and Cole, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-5681-827X, 2017. Community repair: enabling repair as part of the movement towards a circular economy. In: Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) Conference 2017, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 20 June 2017.

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The growth in sales of household electrical and electronic equipment in recent years, combined with faster product obsolescence, has resulted in waste electrical and lectronic equipment becoming the fastest growing waste stream globally
(Baldé et al., 2015). Many products develop simple faults
which can be challenging for amateurs to repair (Green Alliance, 2015). This often results in the purchasing of replacement products, and items with minor faults being (incorrectly) disposed of or hoarded (WRAP, 2011). This untimely loss of products and materials hinders our ability to close and slow resource loops (Bocken et al., 2014), stifling efforts towards a circular economy. Additionally, short-lived products not only represent an increased financial cost for the consumer (Cooper, 2010), but also for the environment as they result in further resource extraction and increased greenhouse gas emissions across their life cycle (Norman et al., 2016).

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Gnanapragasam, A. and Cole, C.
Date: June 2017
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 May 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 07:35

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