Circular economy movement needs to keep up with design trends
Innovation in product design and consumer trends need to be taken into account when designing circular economy models, a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) has highlighted.
The agency considered what drives product design and how emerging production and consumption trends could enhance or hamper more efficient material use.
For example, the report notes that many products are increasingly designed to provide a wide variety of functions, or provide better functionality while using less material.
As a result, products contain an increasing number of different materials, with small amounts of each individual material. Components are often glued to, or even integrated into, the product body, such as electronic control of ventilation and lighting systems into the infrastructure of buildings, the report noted. ...