Our Taskforce: ReDesign
This Task Force is dedicated to product design aspects. We contribute to the StEP aim of solving the e-waste problem by fostering the re-design of electric and electronic equipment (EEE) in order to reduce negative impacts of their entire life cycle. The status in industrializing countries is taken into particular account.
By moving the design of EEE towards enabling closed loops, EEE should not cause harm to the environment at end-of-life during either appropriate or uncontrolled treatment methods. Design should further encourage (with the following hierarchy except when it may be environmentally detrimental):
(1) Lifetime extension (including product reuse and repair);
(3) Recovery of components for reuse;
(4) Recovery of materials for recycling.
Explicitly, reduction of power consumption throughout the whole product life cycle is a constant goal for all DfR activities.