Interestingly enough, the pandemic and its repercussions have also generated some surprisingly positive impacts to our world. In some areas, the skies are bluer, the water is cleaner, and wildlife are returning. This provides some hope that we as humans can help heal our earth.
One of the areas that offers hope is in improving product life-cycles - designing them for repurpose or reuse. You may consider a circular economy to be simply reduce, reuse, recycle, but it is, or can be, much more. The concept aims to close cycles, using products and resources in the best way possible across the entire value chain. This is a dramatic shift away from the linear model of “take-make-dispose," toward a system of closed loops powered by renewable energy.
Innovation is notorious for being disruptive, upending our day-to-day habits and frustrating designers as it dares us to find a better way. It can also be said that the “normal,” or our standard, everyday process, is the enemy of innovation. This is certainly true when it comes to manufacturing. We can get used to doing things the same way, dulled by the repetition, and lulled into repeating yesterday’s modest success. So, how do we change our ways? The answer can be found in a form of lifelong learning.
The Dynamic EMS service model extends beyond our capability to manufacture quality products, to the way we design for a circular economy, keeping in mind our end customer as well as the environment. Dynamic has been working with WasteSwitch, a consultative company specialising in environmental procedures, corporate responsibility and related compliance. Employees need to embrace, understand and respect the need for environmental action, then work toward those goals, which include CO2 reduction, environmental impact, sustainability reuse/recycle. Companies need to adhere to regulatory requirements and local legislation, so building those needs into a product life-cycle is a design must.