This Ikea circular economy design and product redesign utilized insights distilled from the e-waste downstream to redesign Ikea's global supply chain and serve as a model for what an in-house circular economy could look like.
Designing for an ease in the down stream requires and understanding of disassembly practices.
It was apparent that companies make product difficult to disassemble to protect their IP and save costs.
Screws not glue!
Itad Division Manager &
Electronic Repair Wizard
E-waste Downstream Insights
is a big problem for electronic recyclers, the effort and time it takes often is a bigger hassle than the value the recycles get back. Labeling is used to make efforts more efficient.
Overwhelming Volumes of E-waste
makes it difficult for recyclers to keep up, often times making quick, dangerous disposable tactics, such as smelting, the more lucrative .
Companies Acting Irresponsible
Making products cheaply, intended to be bought frequently and for consumers to buy more than they need to keep current.
Building off Ikea's
Returning products is a common occurrence.
Ikea's Global supply chain, consisting of many cheap electronics and their current plan to go green makes them the perfect company to make an impact.
Benchmark Product: Ikea Rallen
Product contains extraneous amount of different materials and lengthy disassembly time.
Measuring Current Impact
Highest impact steamed from material extraction, refining, and processing as well as disposal
Project Goals and Desired outcome
Problem: Mass production treated as a one-way system
Goal: Reduce impact from materials used in the product and extend the usage of the material
Problem: Ikea uses band-aid fixes for a bigger environmental problem
Goal: Make Ikea the leading example for sustainability and create an engaging user experience
Problem: Electronic parts are difficult to disassemble
Goal: Make recycling e-waste as easy, visible and transparent as possible
Ikea Docka &
Consumer Take Back System
DESIGNED FOR DISASSEMBLY
+ Labeled parts
+ Special tool open tabs
+ Disassembly area
+ 100% recyclable
Recycling as Branding
Recycling as Branding
Makes a material logo that is familiar yet unique to the product.
Standardized polypropylene materials enables closed
By integrating material with a line of furniture, the amount and variety of material can be reduced.
Improved Impact Matrix
By giving reward point when users return electronics, it encourages consumers to participate in the system and raises brand loyalty