Supporting Remanufacturing — the backbone of the Circular Economy.


Public anger across Europe at the mountains of waste electrical products being smashed up for material recycling or for export to Africa has led French regulators to target businesses that plan premature obsolescence into their products. But German researchers previously concluded there is no evidence that such planned obsolescence exists: it’s just that, in a competitive market, customers have the choice to buy good, better and best quality.

Perhaps we need to ask a different question, one that leads to a positive action instead of a negative list; one that is designed to identify not planned obsolescence but its opposite: "How can we identify which products offer planned longevity?" 

See the full article proposing criteria to promote planned longevity.

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Circular economy and remanufacturing in Europe