Waste to design (W2D)

This project, financed by the Mistra Closing the Loop initiative, brings together experts from Stena Recycling, Semcon and Chalmers to support bachelor and masters students while they do their theses on product development using industrial waste that currently has no commercial value.

Stena Recycling proposes different industrial waste that is currently destined to incineration or landfill.

The possibility of proposing new product development with materials from the waste streams, opens interesting new design and business opportunities, at the same time setting examples of resource recovery.

Project leaders: Ulrike Rahe and Isabel Ordoñez

Partner organizations

  • Stena Recycling AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Semcon (Private, Sweden)
Start date 01/10/2012
End date The project is closed: 30/09/2015
This project, financed by the Mistra Closing the Loop initiative, brings together experts from Stena Recycling, Semcon and Chalmers to support bachelor and masters students while they do their theses on product development using industrial waste that currently has no commercial value.

Stena Recycling proposes different industrial waste that is currently destined to incineration or landfill.

The possibility of proposing new product development with materials from the waste streams, opens interesting new design and business opportunities, at the same time setting examples of resource recovery.

Project leader: Ulrike Rahe & Isabel Ordoñez

Contact information

Ulrike Rahe, ulrike.rahe@chalmers.se

Isabel Ordoñez, isabel.ordonez@chalmers.se

Theses
Theses done under the project so far are:

1.    Balkhammar, K., & Parsland, M. (2013). Konceptframtagning av produkt gjord av produktionsspill.
Chalmers University of Technology.

2.    Brorson, E., & Rutgersson, S. (2013). Gångbar PVC: Att se avfall som en resurs.
Chalmers University of Technology.

3.    Kääpä, J., & Li, L. (2013). Sound Waste: From Industrial Waste to Sound Absorption.
Chalmers University of Technology.

4.    Niskanen, K., & Wallsten, S. (2013). Turning Waste into Product Design: Rethinking Polyurethane Foam Waste as a Resource. Chalmers University of Technology.

5.    Friman, Klara. 2014. Designing a Sustainable Product from Electronic Plastic Waste. Linköping University.

6.    Yu, Z. (2014) Influence of Repeated Recycling and Aging Effects on Mechanical Performance of WEEEBR. Göteborg : Chalmers University of Technology

7.    Posay, Ajjar, and Angelica Elioneri. 2014. Från Avfall till Produktdesign - Hur Återvunnet Material Får Värde På Nytt. Chalmers University of Technology.
Partners

External partners: Semcon & Stena Recycling

Chalmers Area of Advance: Materials Science

Keywords
Design for Reuse, Recycle, Circular Economy, Resource recovery
External members from Chalmers: David Gillblom (Semcon) & Taina Flink (Stena Recycling)

Funded by

  • The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) (Public, Sweden)
External website: http://www.wastetodesign.se/

Related projects: Waste to resources

Published: Wed 16 Sep 2015. Modified: Thu 31 May 2018