Kalverkamp, Matthias and Pehlken, Alexandra and Wuest, Thorsten (2017) Cascade use and the management of product lifecycles. Sustainability, 9 (9). p. 1540. ISSN 2071-1050

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This paper explores the challenges related to the End-Of-Life phase of products and circular systems of reuse and recycling within the commonly established frameworks of product lifecycles. Typically, Original Equipment Manufacturer-centric supply chain perspectives neglect the complexity at the End-Of-Life where many third-parties are involved in reuse and recycling activities. Based on a review of product lifecycle and related recycling literature, this study proposes the application of ‘cascades’, a term originally coined within the biomass domain. We propose and subsequently apply the ‘cascade use methodology’ and identify additional and value-adding End-Of-Life solutions for products and materials. The adoption of cascade utilization into product lifecycles is analyzed and critically discussed using case studies from independent remanufacturing and tire recycling, focusing on the End-Of-Life while excluding business models as renting or sharing. Although theoretically feasible, we argue that the practical adoption of ‘cascade use’ deserves more attention from researchers and practitioners in order to become an integral part of the comprehensive management of product lifecycles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publiziert mit Hilfe des DFG-geförderten Open Access-Publikationsfonds der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Uncontrolled Keywords: product life cycle, cascade utilization, recycling, reuse, remanufacturing, Closed-Loop Supply Chains (CLSC), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Subjects: Social sciences > Economics
Divisions: School of Computing Science, Business Administration, Economics and Law > Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 12:52
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 11:20
URI: https://oops.uni-oldenburg.de/id/eprint/3349
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-34307
DOI: 10.3390/su9091540

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