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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

Ocean Shipyards

Keeping Tourism Afloat

Ocean Shipyard is a family-run business whose history can be traced back almost a hundred years. The father and grandfather of Vassilis Stratis founded Ocean and started out supplying small wooden fishing boats to fishermen in Northern Greece. Vassilis now works with his father in a state of the art shipyard just outside Athens in Greece, supplying a range of vessels, from passenger boats for the tourism industry, to boats for personal and recreational use, as well as industrial and professional uses. Read more

Thought Leader

The transition from consumption to reuse requires systematic change says Pieter Noorlander, CEO of innovative Dutch furniture manufacturers Gispen.
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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