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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.

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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 [1] that will enable product designers to use their genius.

To me this is another example of 'circular software'.

 

[1]: https://reuse-standard.org/