Let us introduce the Use2Use Design Toolkit – a set of tools that can be used to design for circular consumption and address the challenges that such consumption processes entail. In contrast to other available circular design tools, this toolkit emphasises the importance of exploring opportunities for product circularity from a user perspective. It aids designers and other agents to embrace a Use2Use mindset and explore user needs, identify consumption-related design challenges, and design products and services that can create enabling preconditions that make it more preferable for people to circulate products from use to use.
The toolkit includes five mind-expanding packs designed to boost product circularity by aiding the development of products and services fit for circular consumption processes. The five tools are suitable to use in the early phases of a user-centred design process and can be used consecutively but also independently of each other.
The Use2Use Design Toolkit includes: the Use2Use Thinking Activation Pack, the Circular Journeys Exploration Pack, the Multiple Use-Cycles Exploration Pack, the Circular Designs Ideation Pack, and the Circular Designs Evaluation Pack.
Together they cover elicitation of user needs, specification of design challenges, concept generation and evaluation. Two of the tools, the Circular Journeys Exploration Pack and the Multiple Use-Cycles Exploration Pack, can be used together with users to facilitate user needs elicitation. The tools enable new types of user studies that makes it easier to identify design challenges and product requirements that are essential to address in order for circular consumption processes to become more attractive compared to linear ones.
The development of the toolkit was financially supported by the Kamprad Family Foundation. The development was also supported by valuable contributions from a number of people and organisations – read more under Acknowledgements. Please have a look at our academic publications if you are you interested in reading more about the development of the toolkit and our related research.