Renewable Matter # 09 / March-April

Better Remanufactured than New

by Fabio Iraldo, Irene Bruschi

Focus on Remanufacturing


Remanufacturing – the production system based on materials’ second life – can have many advantages: to recoup part of the 82 billion tonnes of raw materials that will be introduced into the global economy by 2020, to save energy and water and to lower prices. The production cost of smartphones could shrink by 50%.


“Take-make-dispose”: these are the key words describing the industrial system of the last 150 years. In other words, a system based on a linear production and consumption model where goods are produced from scratch, starting from the extracted raw materials, then sold and used. And in the end they are disposed of as waste.

In the analysis of the current...

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