Neon Spheres

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Sustainability Benefits

As part of the Manufacturing Immortality Project, our researchers at the University of Exeter explored the sustainability benefits of self-healing materials and how they could help to transition to a Circular Economy. 

What is the Circular Economy?

Our current economic model is linear. We take stuff, make stuff, then throw it away.

 

A Circular Economy is different. The aim is to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

The Role of Self-Healing Materials

Self-healing materials can support circular design by extending product life and keeping materials and products cycling for longer.

Extending product life facilitates a transition to circular business models in which products are rented or offered 'as a service'. In this model, the longer a product lasts, the better. No more designing for obsolescence. Instead, the aim is to design for longevity and durability. Self-healing materials could play a crucial role in this model. 

In order to explore these issues in more detail, we produced case studies across three sectors: 

mobility, healthcare consumer electronics

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