Renewable Matter # 09 / March-April

Awakening the Sleeping Giant

by Gianni Silvestrini

Focus on Remanufacturing


It saves raw materials. It reduces energy consumption, necessary for the production process. It is good for the environment and employment. But above all, remanufacturing an object costs between 35 and 90% less than producing it from scratch. What are the sectors best suited for remanufacturing and what are the hurdles to overcome?


In the past, a damaged object used to be mended. Clothes were patched, pots and working tools were repaired. End-of-life materials’ recycling was normal. The throwaway civilization, though, reduced such practices: an obsession for new models induced by advertisements and rapid technological evolution dictated an acceleration of objects’ replacement and an imposed reduction...

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