Using psychological ownership to guide strategies for slower consumption

Baxter W.L., Aurisicchio M. and Childs P.R.N. Design Engineering, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom Keywords: psychological ownership; product meaning; object attachment; product longevity; access- based consumption. Abstract: This study explores the extent to which the theory of psychological ownership can be used to understand and design for slower consumption through two strategies: product longevity […]

Should energy labels for washing machines be expanded to include a durability rating?

Braithwaite N.(a), Densley-Tingley D.(b) and Moreno M.A.(a) a) Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK b) University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK Keywords: labelling; durability; washing machines; energy efficiency; impacts. Abstract: Washing machines are a key household appliance that can be found in the majority of UK homes. Over 2.5 million are sold in the UK every year […]

Ageing gracefully to increase product longevity

Bridgens B.(a), Lilley D.(b), Smalley G.(b) and Balasundaram K.(a) a) Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK b) Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK Keywords: product lifetime; graceful ageing; e-waste; accelerated ageing; wear. Abstract: Longer use and responsible disposal of rapidly discarded consumer electronics would slow material throughput and reduce metal extraction rates and associated environmental impacts. Although longevity is […]

Can global craft and artisanship be the future of luxury fashion?

Brown S. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA Keywords: artisanship; global craft; tradition; heritage; luxury. Abstract: Why is current global craft and artisanship undervalued, while historic global crafts are highly sought after and collected? Why is there such a perceived gulf in the valuing of the skill sets of European artisans and global artisans? […]

The role of consumption in material reduction opportunities: the impact of product lifetime in supplying the UK steel demand

Cabrera Serrenho A.(a), Salvia G.(b), Braithwaite N.(b), Moreno M.A.(b), Norman J.(c) and Scott K.(d) a) Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK b) School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK c) Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, UK d) Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK […]

Extending product life by introducing symbolic meaning: an exploration of design strategies to support subjective well-being

Casais M.(a), Mugge R.(b) and Desmet P.M.A.(a) a) Dept. of Ind. Des. Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL. b) Dept. of Prod. Innov. Mang. Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL Keywords: symbolic meaning; subjective well-being; personal significance; design strategies; product longevity. Abstract: Because products are […]

Exploring liquid lives and product lifetimes

Catulli M., Cook M. and Potter S. Open University, Milton Keynes, UK Keywords: liquid modernity; mobilities turn; nomadic lifestyles; product durability; product lifetimes. Abstract: Product lifetimes are an important consideration in the context of sustainability. One way to better manage product lifetimes is to promote product service systems (PSS) that complement and/ or substitute traditional […]

Hadal or epipelagic? The depths, and shallows, of material experience

Chapman J. University of Brighton, Brighton, UK Keywords: emotional durability; depth; meaning; materials experience. Abstract: As design researchers, searching for clues within the complex product life space, we are drawn toward objects that matter – the photos of our children, letters from loved ones, the inherited watch from a long-passed grandparent or those shoes you […]

Opportunities and challenges of new product development and testing for longevity in clothing

Claxton S.(a), Cooper T.(b), Hill, H.(c) and Holbrook K.(c) a) School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK b) School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK c) Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK Keywords: clothing performance; new product development; product testing; durability; longevity. Abstract: Many […]

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