Extending the lifespan of small kitchen appliances for sustainable design : a research on product maintenance and repair with technical services in Ankara

Terzioğlu, Nazlı Gökçe
Growing environmental issues from global climate change, contamination and depletion of renewable and non-renewable resources to waste disposal have been resulted from unsustainable production and consumption patterns. Most of the mass-produced products are designed and produced for short lifespans without considering environmental and social effects. Since small kitchen appliances are lower priced compared to other household appliances, when a part of the product is broken, the whole product is disposed of even if most of the product parts still function well. Various strategies have been taken into account in the process of product design to incorporate sustainability criteria for product longevity such as design solutions tailored to local needs and preferences, product maintenance and repair, and product part replacement and reuse, etc. This thesis presented here introduces outcomes of a research and provides new insights into maintenance and repair of small kitchen appliances. To explore that interviews were conducted with authorized technical services and repairmen in Ankara. The conclusions from this research provide a substantial basis to better understand the problem areas for extending product lifespan such as product breakdown reasons, permanently attached product parts, planned obsolescence and technical obsolescence etc. The results suggest that maintenance and repair should be considered at the early stages of the design process.


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N. G. Terzioğlu, “Extending the lifespan of small kitchen appliances for sustainable design : a research on product maintenance and repair with technical services in Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.