My project aims to reduce the amount of e-waste produced by society, by applying a circular economy-based sharing model to small home appliances. I used multiple surveys, questionnaires, prototyping and market research to understand people’s appliance usage and purchasing habits, as well as the way they interact and cook daily. I found that people owned far more appliances than they used consistently. They often buy cheap appliances that do not last over an average of 5 years, and are eventually disposed of in curbside bins.
To combat this, I designed a product-service system that encourages users to use appliances through subscription options, based on daily used appliances (long term) or a multiple flexible (short term) option. This gives users access to repair, upgrades, access to content with multiple customer benefits, and an end of life managed by the appliance company. This project proposes applying circular economy practices to future appliance design to reduce the waste substantially.