Reuse of white goods components - An interview study on drivers, barriers, and the future outlook
Sammanfattning: The growing threat of resource depletion has spurred on the need to change how we consume. Old, linear modes of production must be replaced by an approach that reduces waste and maximizes value throughout the product’s entire life cycle. This strategy is embodied by the Circular Economy (CE). A key aspect of CE is reuse, referring to the repurposing of old products to avoid generating waste and demand for new resources. White goods are particularly good candidates for reuse due having long lifetimes and because they can often be repaired by replacing defective components. While research has been conducted on the topic of white goods reuse, less is known regarding the reuse of white goods components. This study set out to identify drivers and barriers for reusing spare parts from white goods and determine the future outlook of industry stakeholders. This was done by interviewing various actors within the reuse- and white goods industry, and by conducting a complimentary literature review. The study shows that while the future outlook among industry stakeholders is largely optimistic, there are several obstacles for harvesting spare parts from white goods. These obstacles include a lack of strong policy incentives for reuse, concerns among consumers regarding the quality of reused goods, products not being designed for easy dismantling, and other factors diminishing the profitability of harvesting spare parts. The study also reports on suggested actions for policy makers, reuse organizations and other actors to mitigate these issues.
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