The time when flights were cancelled, trains were delayed and elevators broke down may soon be over. Today, products are able to predict their own future. Thanks to predictive maintenance, they can forecast failures before they occur.
For most businesses, it’s not feasible to create a ‘perfect’ circular product from the get-go. New research from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation identifies three areas that could be the good starting points for circular designers.
The Swedish government is set to take policy steps to enable a different kind of behaviour in the way in which products are used and the life-cycles of goods. Tax breaks on repairs to bicycles, washing machines and just about any broken item are being brought to the parliament by the
Circulate on Fridays: increasing repair, library of things Toronto & what ‘peak stuff’ means for designers
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This week, we’re looking at how easier access to parts could mean more repair, why tool libraries aren’t dead yet, and what ‘peak stuff’ could mean for designers. PartPic could make repair and maintenance easier
In 2009, Fairphone set out to design, manufacture and market a mobile device in a new way, prioritising factors like transparency, ethics, durability and repair. This project is now showing signs of real progress, especially in the area of design for disassembly, with the newly-released Fairphone 2.0 receiving a perfect