An Approach for a Recycling Oriented Product Design
This paper focuses on the integrated view of a closed loop economy and economical efficiency. Global trends in legislation based on an extended product responsibility require an environmental oriented corporate culture, the implementation of a systematic innovation process and methods for the development of adapted strategies for both, products and their related processes. Support is needed especially in the early development stage to set up the entire product strategy. In addition a benchmark method for recycling-oriented assessment is presented. This method contains the following steps: product assessment, process assessment, product portfolio analysis, and strategy selection.