Product Design for a Circular Economy
A case study towards a circular luminaire
Design goalPhilips sees CE as a boundary condition for a sustainable world. For circular product design however there is little information available. Therefore this project looks at what CE means for circular product design and how that can be applied by use of a case study.
Type of projectGraduation project at Philips High-Tech Campus in Eindhoven
ClientPhilips Research & Philips Lighting
Circular economyIn general the majority of the current economy is a linear economy based on a ‘take-make-dispose” model that relies on easily accessible resources and energy. This creates huge amounts of waste at end of life impacting nature and society. Circular Economy (CE) is a framework for change towards a restorative circular economy, done by redesigning products and rethinking business models. Materials can be used more effectively to deliver performance and value. Learn more about CE on the website of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Design toolsAn adapted CE model for product design is proposed that identifies five main topics. Based on the five main topics a CE guideline and several tools, such as a spidermap, have developed to support in circular design. In short, circular design can be summarized as:
make it future proof for endless performance and adaptability
with design for disassembly to allow
easy servicing for optimal performance
modular design to remake products
and optimizing for recycling at end of life
• The LEDs and driver are easily to acces and disassemble.
• The modular design takes a platform approach to create an ecosystem of modules. This allows to adjust to changing customer needs and be applied in a wide range of applications.