One of the biggest downsides to the growing fashion industry is its unsustainable and wasteful character. The sock service SwapSocks solves this problem by encouraging consumers to recycle—or swap—their socks after their end of life and teaches consumers how to lead a better textile life. By means of cleverly designed sock patterns, an online platform, and a new supply chain that allows closed-loop regeneration of materials, SwapSocks save 38% of CO2 emissions and 50% of energy compared to traditional socks.
To help realize the shift towards a Circular economy, 8 design strategies were developed that motivate, trigger or stimulate consumers in a certain way to perform product care on their belongings. These strategies were incorporated into a design tool that designers can use to implement product care into their design.
This project focussed on the consumer-product relationship: how this plays a role in the process of product detachment, and what this means for products at the end-of-use, with a specific attention for products in a circular economy. A theoretical framework of detachment has been created that shows the detachment process which consumers go through when saying goodbye to a product. This theory is made accessible for designers in the form of a design tool.
This master thesis presents a research & design project, aimed at finding a new use for decommissioned wind turbine blades. A slow traffic bridge was chosen as the most promising idea. In the design, the previous life of the bridge is clearly visible. Two rotor blades cross the entire bridge and carry the bridge superstructure.
In this project, an overview of the most common recycling methods for composite materials is created. It describes the process and recyclate characteristics, as well as the (dis)advantages of each method and the environmental and technological development. The report ends with a future outlook, and what implications this might have.