Designing long-lasting products is a key strategy that saves materials and reduces end-of-life waste. A range of kitchen appliances sharing a centralised controller, highly repairable and designed for a minimum footprint.
A range of kitchen appliances sharing a centralised controller, highly repairable and designed for a minimum footprint.
Today the vast majority of products are impractical or impossible to repair by people. They are not yet convinced that they can fix their defective appliances.
The idea of the project is to centralize and simplify as much as possible the different components of the household appliances present in the kitchen. The total number of pcb's, cables and buttons are reduced to a strict minimum.
Since 2021, a repairability index has been assigned to various household appliances in France to inform consumers about the repair possibilities. This index should be introduced in the coming years at the European level.
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When considering the lifetimes of products, depletion of materials and waste generation tend to decrease when the lifetime of a product is increased. Increasing product lifetimes is essential for promoting sustainable and green consumption and production.
There are several options to tackle this challenge, ranging from circular business models such as products as a service and eco-design (reparability, local and recycled materials) to policy measures.