But how to do that?
Your company is quite likely still built considering a linear value chain, meaning that you create products, ship and sell them but the products don't get back at end-of-life and your products end up in landfill or worse, get incinerated. Ninety to ninety-five percent of all products worldwide ends up this way unfortunately. Optimizing use of materials will help but only to some extent. That is why we focus on transforming your organization to enable a more circular value chain in where as much as possible gets reused, recovered and recycled. This, in turn, will help you reach your (ESG) environmental goals.
The process (see below) comes with its own tools and guidelines, which will help you improve your company's circularity, reduce waste, toxicity and emissions throughout your entire value chain. The biggest impact is in this early stage.
Transitioning from a linear to a circular value chain might implicate however that you might want to consider as well different product-service models in where there is less owned and/or finding business partners that can help you return your goods. We got you covered as we have incorporated new product-service models as well in our design tools, together with other elements as reflected in scope 1 and 2 of ESG reporting.
How do you help?
We help you rethink your value chain which will help you improve your company and product's ESG-score, circularity and carbon footprint. This can be done via workshops, brainstorms or discussions. Next to that we help Design and R&D teams with design for circularity, guidelines, how to phase out bad materials and design for sustainability in general.
While recycling is undoubtedly a necessary component, we need to ensure that products and materials are designed, from the outset, to be reused, repaired, and remanufactured. It’s the consequences of decisions made at the design stage that determine around 80% of environmental impacts.
Tell me more
Our sustainability design process and instructions helps managers, designers and R&D teams transform from a linear design process to a circular design process considering the entire value chain. The process is based on our in-house developed 'CREATE, MAINTAIN and RETURN'-dogma represented in our diagram, which includes 14 phases in total. Focus is on transitioning your company from a linear to a circular value chain, thereby reducing wasteful materials and increasing circularity. Currently available calculators and tools can be used alongside.
There are some tools you can use online to help your circularity but those are not always the most suitable for your company (most tools help you calculate your ESG score but won't help R&D teams besides some more general tips). We help you with developing custom-made tools, guidelines and presentation pages for your company. Deliverables in format as requested (powerpoint, excel, interactive webpages or software, etc). Please discuss with us for possibilities.