HOW WELL DO YOU
KNOW YOUR APPLIANCE?
When you buy an appliance or anything with a wire, do you know who made it? Do you know how long your boiler will last? If your solar panel can be repaired? Or if the parts of your washing machine can be recycled or reused?
Have you asked yourself if having this information is useful? It is!
And it can help those who manufacture, sell, repair and recycle appliances to their appliances. So that we can stop making and using things that break in no-time, that are difficult to disassemble and repair, or impossible to recycle.
We want to give you the information you need for appliances and its components to stay in the economic loop longer
Access to critical information about each individual appliance can help us rethink how we design, make and use things in our day-to-day life. By doing so, we can help shift towards a circular economy model and have a real impact in reducing waste, being environmentally sustainable and becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
There is only one planet Earth
Circthread wants to help appliances become truly sustainable
We need to stop using and throwing away. To achieve this, we want to swiftly increase appliance lifespan, repairability and reuse. And we want products to be properly recycled when they are no longer repairable. We are working on this challenge with more than 30 organisations, thanks to grant funding from the European Union under the H2020 programme.
(tested in Slovenia, Spain and Italy)
The Circthread Platform
To solve this challenge, we are working on creating a Circular Digital Thread of information or CircThread.
The objective is to interconnect the information along the life of a product, from concept to retirement, so that it can be easily accessed and shared. This will allow you and others with circularity decision making at all stages.
To make this information available, we will develop, test, and share our open-source software platform within the next four years. It will enable digital exchanges of data across the extended product life cycle.
For example: a list of parts in the product, the materials and chemicals they contain, the product’s reuse history, and repair logs. This data will be linked to software services to provide decision recommendations.
The platform will become available in the cloud in 2025, equipped with services for collaboration, trust and security. We will test it before launch in three pilots, in Slovenia, Spain and Italy. Testing will be done together with manufacturers, repairers, retailers, collectors, recyclers and many others.
So the next time you look at your appliance, you can smile and be certain that very soon, you’ll know it a little bit better.