The Use2Use Design Toolkit

We are proud to introduce the Use2Use Design Toolkit! The Use2Use Design Toolkit includes five mind-expanding packs designed to support development of products and services for circular consumption. The tools accentuate the role of users in the circular economy, thus providing an important complement to the focus on production and business models which often prevails […]

EcoDesign 2019

We recently attended the EcoDesign 2019 conference to discuss and learn more about the latest research and industry initiatives on the topic of ecodesign. This year’s conference theme was “Is EcoDesign enough for sustainability?” and around 200 presentations were held on topics such as policies for circular economy, product-service systems, circular consumption, and more. Anneli […]

Runner-up for best paper award

We are proud to announce that our latest paper “A tool for charting circular consumption journeys” was nominated for the Best Conference Paper Award and received second place at this year’s ERSCP conference. The European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) is one of Europe’s key conferences that encourage discussion among stakeholders involved in […]

Open invitation to Special Issue

The research team is guest editing a Special Issue in Sustainability: “Designing Products and Services for Circular Consumption”. In this Special Issue, people’s consumption processes and their implications for design take centre stage. We welcome contributions that address questions such as the following: What practicalities are associated with circular consumption, and how do these affect […]

An inventory management app that supports
sharing

In their master thesis, Olivia Chalandon and Patricia Lidborg explored how people can be supported to share their belongings with others. In collaboration with the startup company Sortapp and with support from FutureMemories AB, Olivia and Patricia designed a new feature for the inventory management app Sortapp that enables people to easily store and mark […]

Designing for collaborative
consumption

In their Master thesis project, Elin Janebäck and Matilda Kristiansson explored how an autonomous delivery droid could be designed to support transfer of goods between people situated close to one another. They designed a top module for HUGO, an autonomous, last mile delivery robot concept currently under development by the Gothenburg based tech agency Berge. […]

What does a user perspective entail for design?

Today, many products are designed for linear consumption, which often make people consider circular consumption processes more cumbersome and less preferable than linear ones. If linear instead of circular consumption processes are preferred, products will not be circulated and the transition to a circular economy will not gain momentum. To make circular consumption preferable it […]

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 […]