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Use to use – A user perspective on product circularity
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8794-6573
2019 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 223, p. 1014-1028Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Elsevier Ltd , 2019. Vol. 223, p. 1014-1028
Keywords [en]
Circular economy, Circular product design, Product circularity, Product lifetimes, Sustainable consumption, User-centred design, Industrial engineering, Production engineering, User centered design, Design strategies, Point of departures, Product lifetime, Products and services, User perspectives, Product design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-60873DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.117Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063640616OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-60873DiVA, id: diva2:1704578
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 Funding details: 20160136; Funding text 1: The research was supported by the Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity, Sweden , grant ID: 20160136 . The funding body was not involved in the conduct of the research or in the preparation of the article.

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