In the past, used electronics components were solely re-used in low-cost products, growing digitalization of our daily lives comes with numerous new product concepts, which could make perfect use of parts and components harvested from used smartphones and tablets.
sustainablySMART demonstrates the feasibility of a ‘design for circular economy’ approach for more conventional mobile IT designs, which includes the implementation of environmental design criteria:
An effective circular economy approach for smart mobile devices prioritizes lifetime extension of products and components. Modularized smartphones are a promising concept as they are easy to disassemble, to upgrade and to repair. Technically this calls for standardized interfaces.
Regarding the end of first life of such products, it is a challenge to tap into the upcoming wave of waste mobile ICT devices: Smartphones where introduced to the market at large only in 2009, tablets slightly later. We expect in the near-term future high return rates of these devices, which is confirmed by recycling companies. The market perspective indicates that we only see the beginning of a larger wave of discarded units.
This is a perfect timing to invest in research to reuse and refurbish these products with sophisticated technologies. Apart, we consider technological evolution toward the Internet of Things, which may provide a wide field for cascade re-use of single components.
The consortium includes three research institutions, some outstanding entrepreneurs and innovative technology developers.
The interdisciplinary partnership is dominated by industry from all relevant steps of a future sustainable mobile IT life cycle:
21 May 2018
Welcome to the Jungle: The latest PuzzlePhone blog sheds some light on the vast number of eco labels
Santacreu, leading the team behind the PuzzlePhone, explains why ecolabels matter and how they influence new product developments like the PuzzlePhone, and what they mean to consumers. To some of
the label developments the project sustainablySMART already provided technical input, … [read more]
23 April 2018
Philips Digital Voice Recorder designed for Circular Economy
The Austrian project partners Speech Processing Solution and the research team ECODESIGN from the Vienna University of Technology developed a new product concept
for a Digital Voice Recorder based on the principles of Circular Economy. The digital voice recorder is typically used for professional dictation in hospitals or by lawyers ...
16 March 2018
Oulu Businesses on the move towards a Circular Economy
The Oulu region of Finland is not only home to project partner Grant4Com but also many other entrepreneurial companies in the business of sustainable materials, product refurbishment and recycling. Oulu University of Applied Sciences brought together local businesses and sustainablySMART partners on March 15, 2018, to explore R&D cooperation ... [read more]
9 February 2018
Towards a Circular Economy
The Going Green – CARE INNOVATION symposium on electr(on)ics and the environment will take place in Vienna, Austria, from November 26 – 29, 2018. This biennial conference and exhibition is the international platform for demonstrating the development of resource-efficient innovative products and services as well as processes and presenting the state-of-the-art progress on Circular Economy ... [read more]