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Closing the loop: implications for product design and manufacturing when radical sustainability means recycling is failure

02 Sep 2023
IFA Next Stage
IFA Next Stage, Hub27
Consumer electronics and appliance brands are adapting to new laws and public anxiety about escalating e-waste and climate change, with incremental improvements to product recyclability and reparability. However, these are rapidly becoming table stakes.

In this talk, Matthew will examine the current sustainability landscape, its historical backdrop, and the forces shaping the transition to closed-loop product systems. Where product reuse, part recovery, and remanufacturing is prioritised over recycling by mining returned products from previous generations. And assess the strategic implications for businesses ecosystems and supply chains.
Matthew Cockerill, Strategic Design Consultant