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Cradle to Cradle in Product Development: A Case Study of Closed-Loop Design

  • Ingrid de Pauw
  • Elvin Karana
  • Prabhu Kandachar

Abstract

Cradle to Cradle (C2C) challenges designers to create products with a beneficial impact on environment, society and economy. While existing research has highlighted merits and critical points of the strategy, an understanding of its application -how Cradle to Cradle helps designers to develop such products- is lacking.

This paper analyzes the application of C2C in a ’closed-loop’ product development case. Based on in-depth study of the design process and product, the authors identify the effects of specific C2C-elements, and provide tentative conclusions on how designers can benefit from this strategy for developing sustainable products.

Keywords

Sustainable product development Closed-loop design Design methods 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media Singapore 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid de Pauw
    • 1
  • Elvin Karana
    • 1
  • Prabhu Kandachar
    • 1
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands

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