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Waste Prevention
Increased Resource Efficiency
through Strengthened Product Relations

The cognitive interest aims to investigate how product attachment in the area of consumer goods can be raised in order to reduce socio-ecological effects of consumerism. We assume that the actual life of consumer goods is significantly related to the degree of product attachment. An increase of the latter thus can lead to improved resource efficiency.

The main thesis implies that the actual life of consumer goods can be extended by creating possibilities for users to apply their own creativity to the good.

The research design comprises the following steps: First, the relation user - consumer good will be analysed. The aim is to identify factors enhancing the bond strength of this relation.

Further, the production side of consumer goods will be focused. Research activities will include stakeholders of the different phases of the production process. While considering the context of entrepreneurial decision making, including costs, the aim of this phase is to identify possibilities to extend the estimated service life within the production process.

Another area of research regards the procurance of second-hand goods. Existing retail structures, opportunities to barter and gift economies for the circulation of second-hand goods will be analysed. This part of the research is focused on the identification of factors stimulating second hand use. In addition processes of appropriation of used goods will be investigated, aiming at user based strategies suited to enhance the value of benefit of second-hand goods.

Authors: Dr.-Ing. habil. Norbert Kopytziok / Dr. phil. Corinna Vosse

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Strategy for the prevention of waste
By Dr. Norbert Kopytziok
Extract from:
Kopytziok, Norbert: Abfall und nachhaltige Entwicklung. Globale Aspekte für die regionale Umweltplanung auf der Grundlage stoffstrombezogener Prozessbeobachtungen. (Waste and sustainable development. aspects of regional environmental planning on the basis of material stream related processing observations.) Rhombos-Verlag, Berlin 2000
Not only should the amount of waste be reduced by waste prevention, but even more involved within the concept of waste prevention is the objective to reduce the volume of products, the raw materials per product unit and the hazardous materials utilized. It is sound practice to reduce the environmental burden along the entire lifeline of products. By doing this, waste prevention measures open possibilities of ecological relief, affecting all media and affecting the areas preceding waste treatment within the entire material flow.
Concretely this means a change in products, production, logistics and consumer behaviour according to ecological criteria. Considering the multiplicity of products, and their production processes, a well founded concentration is needed in the implementation of waste prevention measures.

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Building blocks of environmental consulting in construction
Dr. Norbert Kopytziok
Extract from: Landesamt für Natur und Umwelt des Landes Schleswig-Holstein (Publ.): Vermeidung und Verwertung von Bauabfällen in Schleswig-Holstein. (Prevention and recycling of construction waste in Schleswig-Holstein.) Conference documents. Flintbek 2000

Environmental consulting in construction contains measures with which environmental burdens can be reduced and which begin at the production of construction materials. Beyond this there are demonstrable possibilities for saving heating energy, for realizing healthy interior climates in buildings, and for keeping the burden of construction waste low.