Circular Wonderings is an exploration of the role of digital, software and technology in the Circular Economy. Exploration is the key word here. I write regularly, reflecting on my current thoughts and research. Expect typos, incomplete thoughts, varied rambling topics and (hopefully) a journey towards clearer understanding and insight. Subscribe here to join my journey.
A powerful tenant of the circular economy mindset is "design out waste".
Options include selecting different materials or using less material to achieve the same (or a better) product.
Equally as important is "designing for repair and reuse".
Options include carefully thinking about disassembly or modularity for easy parts replacement.
I have zero knowledge of physical product design. And have no idea about the complexities of doing these things in the real world.
I do know however, that its not easy. Circular product design is 100% new in most physical products.
There is one way that I, and my fellow software creators, can contribute to the design process: designing systems that can gather data to product designers.
We can provide the missing information and ways to share that data  that will enable product designers to use their genius.
To me this is another example of 'circular software'.