This webpage collects resources and tools on the topic of product lifetime extension. Product lifetime extension is the postponement or reversal of the obsolescence of a product through deliberate intervention, thus contributing to circular economy.
Here, you can access reports, case studies and other relevant materials on measures and processes to be taken by the private sector, governments and consumers, to accelerating the circular economy by extending the useful life of products. You can read our report “The Long View” to learn about policy recommendations to address product lifetime extension, and be inspired by real-life good practices that target business solutions on product design and use.
The Long View: Exploring Product Lifetime Extension - download here
The Long View report aims to provide recommendations on the opportunities available to consumers, private sector and especially governments, of developed and developing economies, to fight against planned obsolescence and address product lifetime extension, strategies that in turn contribute to the circular economy. Product-specific policy measures and opportunities for product lifetime extension are presented.
Here, you can access seven case studies that were collected to illustrate or exemplify product lifetime extension strategies. Our aim with these case studies is to inspire and encourage organisations to shift to more circular models, to improve their business models towards prolonging or extending a product’s lifetime.
Caterpillar: a case study on remanufacturing
Geração Ecotrônicos: a case study on repair and recovery
Neptuno Pumps: a case study on remanufacturing
OLX Brazil: a case study on second-hand market
Refazenda: a case study on upcycling
Retalhar: a case study on upcyling
Swane Design: a case study on upcycling
This video explains what product lifetime extension is and what it means for everyone on the planet. It highlights how businesses can apply product lifetime extension and circularity concepts to their corporate strategies and how consumers can help too by making little shifts in their daily routines.
These two infographics summarizes business strategies on how to extend products lifetime. andhighlights elements from the case studies listed above. This is by no means an exhaustive list of strategies.
Infographic 1 - Business strategies for extending product lifetime
Infographic 2 - Product lifetime extension - Real-life Case Studies
Events and webinars
Did you miss any of our events or webinars? Here you can find the recording!
Watch the launch webinar of the report The Long View (12 October 2017): here
Watch the webinar ‘Product Lifetime Extension: Which business models work?’ (30 January 2019): here
Watch the webinar 'Longer Lifetime for Products: A Compelling Case Towards Circularity' (5 September 2019): here
Training on product lifetime extension
UNEP currently offers a training course which guides companies, policy makers and civil society on strategies to implement product lifetime extension whithin the scope of circular economy. The main objective of the training is to strengthen the technical capacity of stakeholders in support of the implementation of product lifetime extension strategies and initiatives. The training introduces the concept of product lifetime extension within the scope of circular economy and discusses measures that can be taken by policy makers, businesses, consumers and NGOs related to the topic. If you are interested in receiveing more information on this training, please reach out to us!
The product lifetime work of the Consumer Information Programme is led by UN Environment and Akatu Institute and funded by the French Ministry for Ecological and Solidary Transition. The report ‘The Long View’ was authored by TU Delft, which regularly organizes the international conference Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE).