Challenge #24

How can we …

make a product for life?

Partner

This challenge is part of the project ‘Maakbaar’ where we stimulate social, ecological and economically sustainable design, inspired by nature. It is a project from BOS+, together with OVAM, Flanders DC, Aider Peru and Design Museum Gent, with the support of the Flemish and Belgian government.

https://www.bosplus.be/nl/maakbaar

Involved SDG's

#11 – Sustainable cities & communities

#12 – Responsible consumption & production

#13 – Climate action

Language

  • Dutch
  • English

Problem description

How can we go from a take-make-waste model to a product-for-life model from different angles:

  • Limit overproduction and the generation of residual flows
  • Lengthen the lifetime of products.

A lot of products such as clothing and toys have a really short lifetime. Find out why this lifetime is so short and come up with solutions.

One of the problems related to this challenge are the misguiding numbers you sometimes find on the internet, such as ‘a drill is only used 10 minutes on average’ or ‘99% of the products we use lands in the trash within half a year’. Make sure you use the correct numbers.

Join this project

Do you want to work on a challenging project in one of the courses you follow? Let us know and we’ll bring you in contact with the contact person for this challenge. If other students are already working on it we’ll bring you in contact as well.

students are working on this challenge

What has been done already?

We have organized an Ecodesign Challenge ‘Textile for Life’ and ‘Fun for Life’ on extending the lifetime of textiles and toys. We can share these results.

What are the next steps?

Organise a survey to gather correct numbers related to the product(s) you want to change.

Find new business models for products to go from take-make-waste to a product-for-life

Redesign products to go from take-make-waste to product-for-life

Expected outcome

Correct numbers related to the product(s) you want to change

Ideas, business models or action plans to take a product or service from a take-make-waste model to a product-for-life