Prototyping and testing design tools

This year we will be very busy prototyping and iterating our Use2Use design tools. Yesterday, we tested a new tool for charting circular consumption journeys together with master thesis students involved in projects aimed to facilitate and strengthen sharing initiatives and the peer-to-peer market. Today, we will continue to develop this tool to make it […]

Student ideation session

Today, students in the course Design and Product Development for Sustainability were challenged to re-design products with the aim of making them more fit for circular consumption processes. By thinking through which activities and practicalities people are faced with when for instance renting a suitcase instead of buying one, the students identified important needs and […]

Master thesis projects during 2019

Three new master thesis projects on the topic of circularity will be conducted at the Industrial Design Engineering programme at Chalmers University of Technology during the spring semester 2019. The projects will explore opportunities for new design solutions that facilitate circularity by addressing different challenges and practicalities associated to the three stages of the circular […]

Happy holidays

Every day, from the 1st of December until the 17th of December, you can open a new slot in the SDG Christmas Calender and learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The calender is produced by the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, which has invited 17 researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and the […]

Cirkulera Mera!

We finally got to start our new research study Cirkulera Mera (Circulate)! Through a collaboration with Peder Skrivares skola, an upper secondary school in Varberg, Sweden, we challenge circa 100 pupils to make their everyday life more circular. By gaining insight into the activities the pupils carry out and the challenges they experience we can […]

Supporting Jordanian Handicraft and Design

To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the Embassy of Sweden in Amman arranged a one-day event to engage Jordanian producers and handicraft artisans in discussions around sustainability and circularity. Today, Jordan’s handicraft producers are comprised mostly of small businesses and artisans that are struggling to compete with cheap imported souvenirs. There is […]

A user centered approach to circular product design

With the overall aim to increase the understanding of how products can be designed for exchange, Jonatan Rosman has explored what a user centered approach to circular product design may entail. In this Use2Use initiated master’s thesis project, Jonatan explored what types of products that are relevant for people to exchange and mapped out a […]

Opportunities to Design for Exchange

In their master’s thesis project, Elin Hagman and Lisa Wendt explored how products can be designed for exchange. Initially they identified product characteristics that make products suitable for exchange and later developed a set of design guidelines that can be used to design products and services that make it easy for people to circulate products. […]

Best paper award DRS 2018

We are very happy to announce that our latest paper – Re-framing Product Circularity from a User Perspective – was ranked as one of the 15 most recommended papers at the DRS conference 2018. You can access the paper in Volume 5 (pages 2046-2057) of the DRS conference proceedings.

Proceedings of DRS 2018

Design as a catalyst for change was the theme for the Design Research Society conference 2018, which was held in Limerick Ireland 25-28 June. One of the many contributions was our paper Re-framing Product Circularity from a User Perspective. It introduces the concept of Use to Use and discusses implications and opportunities for design. The […]

A new Sustainability Guide for Designers

The Swedish Industrial Design Foundation has lunched a new Sustainability Guide! It has been developed in the research project EcoDesign Circle and provides information and support for designers to accelerate their sustainability work. Taking a Use to Use perspective on circularity is highlighted as one important method for prolonging product lifetimes. Check it out!