A Reality Check on Product Design

By Jo Dobson

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Disassembled objects after a Great Recovery tear down

Yesterday, Sophie ran the biggest product ‘tear down’ session to date at the Green Alliance’s Circular Economy Event.

This was part of Sophie’s work with the RSA on The Great Recovery Project.

Jo attended the conference, and had an enlightening experience attempting to dismantle every day goods including mobile phones, a kettle, a laptop and a toothbrush.

It quickly became apparent how the design of the items made any prospect of repair, or materials reuse or recycling extremely difficult and time-consuming.  And the sheer number of different materials used was astonishing!

It certainly was a reality check on product design and strongly iterated the need for industry to re-design products for a circular economy.

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