Designing Configurator for Take-Back for a Circular Economy – A Conceptual Framework

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Pravin Kumar Mallick (1), Daniela C.A. Pigosso (1), Kim Bang Salling (2), Tim C. Mcaloone (1)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: Technical University of Denmark, Denmark; 2: Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark
Section: Design for Sustainability
Page(s): 1041-1050
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Closing the material loop is fundamental to circular economy (CE). However, significant quantities of resources are currently landfilled. Today, companies realise the importance of take-back for CE but face several barriers in implementing it, lack of knowledge, being one such barrier. To address this, a proposal is presented for the design of a configurator to support companies evaluate different approaches, as well as opportunities and challenges for designing and implementing take-back. The paper presents a conceptual framework for the configurator, based on a systematic literature review.

Keywords: conceptual design, circular economy, take-back, configurator, sustainability

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