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Showcasing Innovation in Sustainable Manufacturing

Leading manufacturing experts from research, academia, industry and policy presented the research results of the EU FP7-funded Use-it-Wisely project at an event in Neth-ER (Netherlands House of Education and Research) today, 18th October 2016.

Results will have widespread impact for European manufacturers, enabling the adaption of high investment complex products and services in rapidly changing markets. Speakers examined how this will affect the changing business environment, and customer needs.  Read more

Environmental Impact Of Re-Used Furniture

Environmental Impact Of Re-Used Furniture
Life Cycle Assessment calculation for re-use and remanufacturing situations

Life-long adaptation of products is considered to be the most sustainable way to prevent waste. This is the logic behind assessing design re-use and remanufacturing possibilities. However, what is the actual benefit in terms of environmental impact? This question has been resolved with research conducted during the Use-It-Wisely project through the development of a Circular Life Cycle Assessment (hereinafter C-LCA). The result: a tool that measures the environmental impact of initial production and all adjustments during the lifetime of a piece of furniture. This may then be compared to linear production and use for similar products. Read more

Circular Product Design Checked: Design Framework

Circular Product Design Checked: Design Framework
Approach for future proof and adaptable product design

How to adapt products during their lifetime in a way that prolongs the use of the product? That’s the circular concept and equally the aim of Use It Wisely. Product design influences the possibilities for upgrades, reuse and therefore the productive and functional lifetime of a product. Hence, sustainable, adaptive product design is part of the research executed in the UIW project. The result: the Design Framework. Read more

Use-It-Wisely Gispen Circular Economy

Our Future: Furniture in a Closed Loop System

Circular Economy principles and furniture design

The Use-It-Wisely project enables European manufacturers to produce products and services capable of adapting to rapidly changing markets and customer goals by demonstrating the state of the art methods, which enables life-long adaptation of high investment product-service. The focus on life-long adaptation combined with services is the backbone of the collaboration of Gispen within the project. Gispen believes in circular principles and the reuse of existing products. The research conducted in Use-It-Wisely (UIW) created the opportunity to put circular principles into practice. Read more

EFFRA Conference 2016

Use-It-Wisely (UIW) partners Göran Granholm (VTT) and Karin Verploegen (representing Gispen) pitched UIW at the recent EFFRA Factories of the Future (FoF) Conference, 15th and 16th September 2016, in Brussels. Read more

Let’s design out waste for a real Circular Economy

In this article which was initially published by www.euractiv.com and authored by Simon Wilson of the Green Alliance, the role of design in circular economy is addressed. The author believes ‘Designing out’ resource inefficiencies means that products can be used and re-used for longer, repaired more easily, and ultimately recycled to provide new industrial inputs. Read more

The Valley: Demonstrating the Circular Economy at Scale

This article by Circulate highlights the leading role the Netherlands is playing in paving the way towards Europe’s Circular Economy goals. The author highlights a particular project undertaken by Delta Development Group, Schiphol Group and the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer in July to develop a circular subarea within Schiphol Trade Park – the Valley.  Read more

Nature.com: Circular economy: Getting the circulation going

This article, which was written by Barbara Kiser for Nature.com, discusses the evolution of the circular economy and the current hurdles the model faces today.  Read more

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Environmental Impact Of Re-Used Furniture

Environmental Impact Of Re-Used Furniture
Life Cycle Assessment calculation for re-use and remanufacturing situations

Life-long adaptation of products is considered to be the most sustainable way to prevent waste. This is the logic behind assessing design re-use and remanufacturing possibilities. However, what is the actual benefit in terms of environmental impact? This question has been resolved with research conducted during the Use-It-Wisely project through the development of a Circular Life Cycle Assessment (hereinafter C-LCA). The result: a tool that measures the environmental impact of initial production and all adjustments during the lifetime of a piece of furniture. This may then be compared to linear production and use for similar products. Read more

Circular Product Design Checked: Design Framework

Circular Product Design Checked: Design Framework
Approach for future proof and adaptable product design

How to adapt products during their lifetime in a way that prolongs the use of the product? That’s the circular concept and equally the aim of Use It Wisely. Product design influences the possibilities for upgrades, reuse and therefore the productive and functional lifetime of a product. Hence, sustainable, adaptive product design is part of the research executed in the UIW project. The result: the Design Framework. Read more