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Circular Business Models in the Mobile Phone Industry

Watson, David; Gylling, Anja Charlotte; Tojo, Naoko LU ; Throne-Holst, Harald; Bauer, Bjørn and Milios, Leonidas LU (2017) In TemaNord
Abstract
The circular economy offer opportunities to reduce resource use and waste whilst providing business opportunities. This is also true in the mobile phone industry that has been characterised by high rates of product obsolescence. The emergence of the smart phone has changed the landscape, making repair, refurbishment and resell attractive to businesses and consumers. Moreover, emerging modular phone design should allow functional upgrades with low resource wastage. This study investigates the adoption of circular business models within Nordic markets. Producers, retailers, refurbishers, recyclers and resellers tell of their motivation, experiences and the challenges that they face. A special look is taken at consumer and waste law and the... (More)
The circular economy offer opportunities to reduce resource use and waste whilst providing business opportunities. This is also true in the mobile phone industry that has been characterised by high rates of product obsolescence. The emergence of the smart phone has changed the landscape, making repair, refurbishment and resell attractive to businesses and consumers. Moreover, emerging modular phone design should allow functional upgrades with low resource wastage. This study investigates the adoption of circular business models within Nordic markets. Producers, retailers, refurbishers, recyclers and resellers tell of their motivation, experiences and the challenges that they face. A special look is taken at consumer and waste law and the challenges and opportunities they represent. The report ends with 17 policy proposals that can accelerate the adoption of circularity in the sector. (Less)
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mobile phone, Sustainable consumption, business models, repair, refurbishment, design
in
TemaNord
issue
2017:560
pages
85 pages
publisher
Nordic Council of Ministers
ISSN
0908-6692
ISBN
978-92-893-5204-8
978-92-893-5203-1
978-92-893-5202-4
DOI
10.6027/TN2017-560
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English
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  author       = {Watson, David and Gylling, Anja Charlotte and Tojo, Naoko and Throne-Holst, Harald and Bauer, Bjørn  and Milios, Leonidas},
  institution  = {Nordic Council of Ministers},
  isbn         = {978-92-893-5204-8},
  issn         = {0908-6692},
  keyword      = {mobile phone,Sustainable consumption,business models,repair,refurbishment,design},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  number       = {2017:560},
  pages        = {85},
  series       = {TemaNord},
  title        = {Circular Business Models in the Mobile Phone Industry},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.6027/TN2017-560},
  year         = {2017},
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