Design for Product Care—Development of Design Strategies and a Toolkit for Sustainable Consumer Behaviour

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Abstract

Taking care of products is a relevant approach to prolong products’ lifetimes and retain their desired level of performance, and is thus an important aspect of sustainable consumer behaviour. Although consumers have a general motivation to take care of their products, previous research has shown that they struggle to repair, maintain or treat their products carefully in daily life. Design has the potential to increase consumers’ product care activities, but designers need more knowledge and distinct strategies to evoke this product care behaviour with consumers.
Methods: By the means of a multi-method approach—individual and group brainstorming sessions as well as an analysis of existing solutions—we created a large number of ideas on how to stimulate product care among consumers.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Sustainability Research
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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