Design for Reuse

Two Types of Reuse 306

Think Long-term use 307

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t’s not enough anymore to simply design better, more durable products. In order to be truly sustainable, solutions need to both last longer and have a life after their normal use period. Not every product can be reused as something other than its original design, but many could, if their designers only considered this possibility in the development process.

Like extending product life, designing prod­ucts to have uses past their normal, intended use keeps their materials outside of the waste stream. Reusing a product’s materials (such as components or waste) is one approach. For example, could a used tire be put to use in better ways than burning? However, reusing a product itself, when its normal usefulness is past, is even better. Not all secondary uses can be designed as part of the original solution, but innovative approaches can make it easier for one product to be used as something else later.

It’s not enough anymore to simply design better, more durable products.

In order to be truly sustainable, so­lutions need to both last longer and have a life after their normal use pe­riod.