3.2.2 Why product life extension?
The smaller the loop, the greater the profitability of the system.
Dr Conny Bakker of TU Delft explains why product life extension is important in a circular economy.
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- The smaller the loop, the greater the profitability of the system
- The two ways to extend the life of a product are (a) keeping a product in use for longer and (b), giving a product a second, third, etc., life.
- A product’s life can be extended by making it durable, easy to maintain and upgrade, and by making it repairable. Refurbishment and remanufacture also extend a product’s life.
- Do not repair what is not broken, do not remanufacture something that can be repaired, do not recycle a product that can be remanufactured. Walter Stahel calls this the “Inertia Principle”.
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