Product Design for a Circular Economy: Functional Recovery on Focus

Beatriz Pozo Arcos, Ruud Balkenende, Conny Bakker, Erik Sundin

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This paper explores existing design strategies, guidelines and product features that enable functional recovery operations like repair, refurbishing or remanufacturing. A circular economy demands for products to be kept as valuable as possible for as long as possible. Therefore, recovery operations should be easy to perform in an efficient manner, which is influenced by product design. As a result of the literature review conducted, this paper presents a categorization of functional recovery guidelines for product design and identifies the need to plan for recovery at early design stages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
EditorsD Marjanović, M. Štorga, S. Škec, N. Bojčetić, N. Pavković
Place of PublicationZagreb
PublisherUniversity of Zagreb
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-953-7738-59-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018: DESIGN 2018 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 May 201824 May 2018
Conference number: 15

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1847-9073


Conference15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018
Internet address


  • sustainability
  • design guidelines
  • end of use
  • recovery operations
  • early design phase


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