Origins of the PLATE Conference

Product lifetimes are increasingly prominent in the sustainability debate, particularly in the context of the circular economy, resource efficiency, waste reduction and climate change.

A growing number of academic researchers, companies, think tanks, government bodies and policy stakeholders are addressing the topic. The Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) conference has been established in order to share and develop expertise in this field of knowledge.

PLATE conferences will be held biennially and focus on the influence that product longevity has on environmental, economic and social sustainability. Contributions to the first PLATE conference, held at Nottingham Trent University in June 2015, were from a range of disciplines, including design, geography, anthropology, business management, economics, marketing, sociology and politics.

Universities are welcome to apply to join the PLATE consortium. If your organisation is interested in membership, please contact us.

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