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);
(2) Refurbishment;
(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.

Objectives, topics and tasks

  • Support the design for better re-use, repair, refurbishment and recycling
  • Analyze and develop possible design changes from perspectives of
    • Removing toxins and substances that become toxic toenvironments in backyard recycling (e.g. PVC in wire-cabling)
    • Enhancing re-use, such as labeling systems on parts
    • Enhancing the recyclability of materials in end-of-life-electronics
  • Collect and compare present approaches of industry
  • Study end-of-life-implications with regard to product design issues
  • Study current technology trends affecting backyard recycling processes
  • Develop guidelines for recommended design changes



Karsten Schischke
Fraunhofer IZM/TU Berlin

Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin

Tel.: +49-30 46403-156
Fax: +49-30 46403-156


David Peck
Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


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