What we offer

Circular product & service design

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Design for circularity

Our proprietary methodology for product design assessment includes a baseline evaluation of the product's compatibility with circularity -– whether it’s through repair, reuse or remanufacturing.

We work with both product design and the systemic context of the product, such as laws and regulations, consumer behaviour, and infrastructure.
The process combines physical product disassembly followed by qualitative and quantitative analysis. As a result, you receive a roadmap of  suggested improvements, for example, what adjustments to make to facilitate repair or which materials might improve product durability. Sustainable product design goes hand in hand with new business models that allow for a closer customer relationship and long-term value creation, for example, remanufacturing – an industry projected to reach €70-100 billion in value by 2030.

The offer can include:

A full review of existing design guidelines or development of the new ones

A clear rationale for implementing each design /principle or requirement in the guidelines

Quantification of design outcomes where desired and feasible

A full Product Circularity Assessment, including a component and material-level analysis

A granular description of the key design features that enable or hamper the product’s circularity (e.g. material choice and combination, joining methods, ease of disassembly)

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Design for recycling

Leveraging our proprietary methodology, we conduct a comprehensive analysis of the product's recycling potential.

This includes estimating current recyclability and identifying challenges for increasing recycling rates. Our quantitative assessment determines the product's estimated recycling rate in the EU, while qualitative assessments scrutinize design, business models, and environment to pinpoint vulnerabilities. This way we equip businesses with actionable insights to optimize their products for enhanced recyclability and contribute to a more sustainable future.  

Client case

Fagerhults Belysning develops, produces and markets lighting solutions for professional and public environments. The company has set a goal to utilise 80% recycled or renewable materials by 2030. As a part of this effort, they have initiated a study to evaluate recyclability of their products. In this context, Stena Circular Consulting has been tasked to perform a Design for Recycling Analysis (DfR) of two products and provide recommendations for enhancing recyclability.

To improve recyclability within the current system, we recommend the following actions:

  • Increase the use of recyclable plastics 
  • Reduce the number of different materials used, avoid surface treatments, and use joining techniques with a high degree of separability (e.g., snap-fits rather than screws, rivets, velcro and adhesives); these will help mmprove material separation during recycling
  • Increase the use of recycled content, especially aluminium and plastics
  • Explore opportunities for implementing a take-back system for recycling in addition to refurbishment and/or remanufacturing.
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