Can you fix it? An investigation of critical repair steps and barriers across product types.

Aisha Susanne Aden Hjorth Nielsen, Linda Nhu Laursen, Christian Tollestrup

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Effective repair practices are identified as a key strategy to prolong product lifetimes.
This study examines how repair practices differ across product categories at repair cafés in
Denmark. 370 incoming products are divided into four categories: static, mechanical,
electrical, and electro-mechanical, and are then evaluated based on fixers’ previous repairability
experience. Each type was found to have varying critical repair steps, barriers, reparability likability,
and tools needed. Overall, this study highlights the importance of understanding critical repair
steps and barriers to promote sustainable consumption practices and may inform future product
design and repair support initiatives.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationPLATE: Product Lifetimes And The Environment
Number of pages8
Publication date2023
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-64-1367-9
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe 5th Product Lifetimes and The Environment Conference - PLATE 2023 - Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 31 May 20232 Jun 2023
Conference number: 5


ConferenceThe 5th Product Lifetimes and The Environment Conference - PLATE 2023
LocationAalto University
Internet address
SeriesAalto University publication series ART + DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE

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