News: Germany - Designing products with critical raw materials for re-use
United Nations University and Philips have been conducting research on CRMs in products to establish design for re-use principles and identify materials that can be re-used.
Tuesday, 10th September 2013
Fabian Waterlet has been working on the UNU StEP (United Nations University Solving the E-Waste Problem) programme in cooperation with Philips Consumer Lifestyle. Currently, there are no design guidelines to facilitate a designers work when developing a product to be re-used after a use-stage. Design for re-use implies design for assembly and disassembly and design for repair and remanufacture. Using a consumer product (a coffee machine) provided by Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Waterlet analysed, tested and disassembled the product to determine the potential assistance of the design for re-use principles list in the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of re-use. Waterlet also compared the elements constituting the case study device with the CRMs list established by the European Union. This phase of the project showed that many valuable materials could be re-used after use-stage. For more details, please go to the external weblink and the CRM Inno-net newsletter