Circular product design. A multiple loops life cycle design approach for the circular economy

Mestre, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3260-5093 and Cooper, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8623-2918, 2017. Circular product design. A multiple loops life cycle design approach for the circular economy. The Design Journal, 20 (sup 1), S1620-S1635. ISSN 1460-6925

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The circular economy is a high priority subject of discussion in the current political and academic contexts; however, practical approaches in relevant disciplines like design are in need of development. This article proposes a conceptual framework for circular product design, based on four multiple loops strategies: (I) design to slow the loops, (II) design to close the loops, (III) design for bio-inspired loops, and (IV) design for bio-based loops. Recent literature, notably on life cycle design strategies, the circular economy conceptual model and the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, is reviewed and product design cases illustrating each of the proposed are analysed. The article argues that different ‘circular’ approaches centred upon the life cycle design phases can provide practical guiding strategies during the design process and thus promote sustainable design solutions for the circular economy within the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Design Journal
Creators: Mestre, A. and Cooper, T.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 6 September 2017
Volume: 20
Number: sup 1
ISSN: 1460-6925
Rights: © 2017 the author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Jan 2018 15:24
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 15:27

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