Regeneration through industrial processes
Circular economy strategies for the technosphere;
- Share (products) & maintain (products)
Shaw Industries sell carpet usage as a flooring service, maintain the carpets, and take back the carpets to be refurbished, repaired and re-used. Phillips lighting sells lighting as a service, instead of selling light bulbs which alternately would have increased electronic waste.
- Reuse (products)
Marks & Spencer introduced a programme where clothes can be returned to their stores, to be reused, recycled or upcycled.
- Repair (products)
Clothes, shoes, and electronic items can be repaired instead of being discarded which would increase their lifetime.
- Refurbish (components)
Semiconductor manufacturer Applied Materials has a business segment for global services such as integrated solutions to optimize equipment, performance and productivity. This includes spares, upgrades, services, certain remanufactured earlier generation equipment, and factory automation software.
- Remanufacture (components)
GE Healthcare remanufactures components in its medical imaging devices, and the device therefore comes with a comprehensive warranty, as the team takes care to remanufacture when the device begins to give trouble.
- Upcycle (materials)
Looptworks creates 100% upcycled goods using textile waste.
- Recycle (materials)
Flooring company Desso uses recyclable yarn in its carpets, that can be separated, and used over and over again.