Recommended books

Here you can find an open list of some key English literature around sustainable and circular product design. If you wish to add publications that might be interesting to others, please contact me.

2022

System Design For Sustainability In Practice

FREE
Social and Cultural Aspects of the Circular Economy
Design in the Age of Change
The French Reparability Index

FREE
Cross-industry exploration of product repair applications enabled by Additive Manufacturing

FREE
Landscaping the Repair and Reuse Economy in Kenya

FREE
Mobilising the circular
economy for energy-intensive materials

FREE
3D Printing for Repair Guide

FREE

2021

Sustainable Innovation: Strategy, Process and Impact
Sustainable Innovation: Strategy, Process and Impact
Design for and from recycling: practical guidelines for designers

FREE
Circular Economy
Challenges and Opportunities for Ethical and Sustainable Business
Meaningful Stuff: Design That Lasts
Unlocking the potential of Industry 4.0 to reduce
the environmental impact of production

FREE
Design for Maintainability
Sustainable Product Design and Development
System-Shifting Design: An Evolving Practice Explored

FREE
The Circular Fashion Ecosystem A Blueprint For The Future

FREE
The Rise of Conscious Design - A Report About Tomorrow's Materials

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Business Models for Sustainability Transitions
How Organisations Contribute to Societal Transformation
Design for a Better World

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Circulator Guide

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Critical evaluation of material criticality and product-related circularity approaches

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Making the business case for packaging reuse systems

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Future of Reusable Consumption Models. Platform for Shaping the Future of Consumption

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The Rise of Reusable Packaging

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Waste Prevention Programme for England

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Extending the Life of Infant Mobility Products: Implementing a Product Service System

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Study on the Product Lifecycles, Waste Recycling and the Circular Economy for Nanomaterials

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Forging Ahead A materials roadmap for the zero-carbon car

FREE
Contribution of remanufacturing to Circular Economy

FREE

Beyond Net Zero - A systemic design approach

FREE
Nature Co-Design: A Revolution in the Making

FREE
Beyond Recycling

FREE
Circular Composites

FREE
Reintroducing Materials for Sustainable Design
Bio Design - Living Construction
Circular Business Models: Overcoming Barriers, Unleashing Potentials

FREE

2020

Design for Sustainability: A Multi-level Framework from Products to Socio-technical Systems

FREE

Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy: Towards a Wasteless Future or a Wasteful Planet?
Biomimicry and Business: How Companies Are Using Nature's Strategies to Succeed
Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
Upstream Innovation: a guide to packaging solutions

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Planning a Swedish Collection and Sorting Plant for Used Textiles

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Feasibility of Conditional Design

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Feasibility of Fashion Remanufacturing

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Feasibility of Servitization

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Remanufacturing of deadstock and customer claims apparel

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Preserving value in EU industrial materials

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Norsk Ombruk - The benefits case for remanufacturing

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Repair Monitor

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The promise and limits of Urban Mining

FREE
Design in Crisis: New Worlds, Philosophies and Practices
Re- Made
Design for a better world

FREE
Circular Business Model Design Guide

FREE
Circular Business Models - Developing a Sustainable Future
The Architecture of Waste: Design for a Circular Economy
Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment

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Reusable VS single-use Packaging. A review of environmental impacts

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Towards sustainable packaging materials

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The circular economy: Going digital

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Electronic waste and the Circular Economy

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ReValu-Parts. Rethinking the Value of Used Parts

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Inspiration guide - Circular design

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Design for a circular economy. Reducing the impacts of the products we use

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Science-based Target Setting Manual

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Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future

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Circular Aluminium Action Plan

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Recycling in the Circular Economy

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TerraCycle - A Circular Economy Business Model Case

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Circular Economy for a Sustainable Future

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Library of Things: A Cornerstone of the Real Sharing Economy

FREE

2019

Design for the Real World
Recycling
Food
This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook
Teaching Circular Design - A Handbook for Educators

FREE
Remanufacturing in the Circular Economy: Operations, Engineering and Logistics
Innovation for Sustainability: Business Transformations Towards a Better World
Textiles and the environment in a circular economy

FREE
Circular Fashion Advocacy A Strategy Towards A Circular Fashion Industry In Europe

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Sharing Economy and the Impact of Collaborative Consumption

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Circular Value Creation -
Lessons from the
Capital Equipment Coalition

FREE
Reuse - Rethink Packaging

FREE
The Nordic Market for Circular Economy

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Pluriverse - A Post-Development Dictionary
Future of Packaging

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Plastic food and drink packaging

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Recycle, Reuse, Renew: Food packaging pledges and promises in the fight against plastic pollution

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Principles for Purposeful Business

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A New Circular Vision for Electronics

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Circularity Workbook: Guiding the Future of Design

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Reuse and recycling of plastic packaging for private consumers

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Digital Fabrication Labs Handbook

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Designing Sustainability for All

FREE

2018

Products That Flow: Circular Business Models and Design Strategies for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
Bio Design: Nature, Science, Creativity
Designs for the Pluriverse
Re-Defining Value - The Manufacturing Revolution
Politics of the Everyday
Designing for the Circular Economy
Business Models in the Circular Economy: Concepts, Examples and Theory
Designing Sustainable Energy for All: Sustainable Product-Service System Design Applied to Distributed Renewable Energy
Aesthetic Sustainability: Product Design and Sustainable Usage
Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research
Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research
Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060

FREE
Circular and Sharing Economy Study

FREE
The Circular Phone

FREE

2017

The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design
Design for Life: Creating Meaning in a Distracted World
Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design
Sustainable Manufacturing: Challenges, Solutions and Implementation Perspectives
The responsible object : a history of design ideology for the future
The Long View - Exploring Product Lifetime Extension

FREE
Circular by Design - Products in the circular economy

FREE
Amorim - The Future is our Present

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Towards sustainable packaging

FREE

Our waste, our resources: a strategy for England

FREE
Business Transformation and the Circular Economy

FREE
Behavioural Study on Consumers’ Engagement in the Circular Economy

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London's Circular Economy Route Map

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Best Practices in Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Management

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Circular Business Models in the Mobile Phone Industry

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Textile-to-Textile Recycling

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Circular economy: Measuring innovation in the product chain

FREE

2016

Resilient by Design: Creating Businesses That Adapt and Flourish in a Changing World
Circular Economy, Industrial Ecology and Short Supply Chain
Sustainable Consumption : Design, Innovation and Practice
Challenging Consumption: Pathways to a More Sustainable Future

2015

Materials and Sustainable Development
Design, When Everybody Designs. An introduction to Design for Social Innovation
Sustainability
Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption
3D Printing with Biomaterials: Towards a Sustainable and Circular Economy
Sustainable Materials without the hot air: Making Buildings, Vehicles and Products Efficiently and with Less New Material
Case Study: Electronics, mining and urban mining

FREE
The circular economy: Moving from theory to practice

FREE
Remanufacturing Market Study

FREE
Remanufacturing Future Market Report

FREE
Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Best Practices
Growth within: a circular economy vision for a competitive Europe

FREE

Making Things Last

FREE
A longer lifetime for products: Benefits for consumers and companies

FREE
Strategies to improve design and testing for clothing longevity

FREE

2014

Products That Last: Product Design for Circular Business Models
Sustainability in Engineering Design: An Undergraduate Text
Designing Sustainability: Making Radical-changes in a Material World
Creating sustainable innovation through design for behaviour change: full project report
The Guide to the Circular Economy: Capturing Value and Managing Material Risk
Handbook of Recycling
Emerging Economies and Challenges to Sustainability: Theories, strategies, local realities
Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade
Degrowth: A Vocubalary for a New Era
Towards the Circular Economy:  Accelerating the scale-up across global supply chains

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Triple Win: The Economic, Social and Environmental Case for Remanufacturing

FREE

2013

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability
Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming
Okala Practitioner Applying Ecological Design
The Handbook of Design for Sustainability
Handbook of Sustainable Engineering
Motivating Change - Sustainable Design and Behaviour in the Built Environment

2012

Creating a Sustainable Economy
An Institutional and Evolutionary Approach to Environmental Policy
Environment: Why Read the Classics
Freitag - Out of the Bag
The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift
Materials for a Sustainable Future
Economies of Recycling: The Global transformation of materials, values and social relations
Remanufactured Goods: An Overview of the U.S. and Global Industries, Markets, and Trade

FREE

2011

Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives
The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch
What's Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live

2010

The Blue Economy: 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs
Longer Lasting Products
Ecodesign Implementation: A Systematic Guidance On Integrating Environmental Considerations Into Product Development
Designing for Re-use
The Life of Consumer Packaging
Linkages of Sustainability
Recycle: the Essential Guide
Product Design in the Sustainable Era

Glocalized Solutions for Sustainability in Manufacturing
Industrial ecology and sustainable engineering

2009

Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture
Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way We Make Things
Design for Environment: A Guide to Sustainable Product Development
Design for Sustainability: A Step-by-Step Approach
Design for Environmental Sustainability
Design Is the Problem: The Future of Design Must Be Sustainable

System Innovation for Sustainability 2: Case Studies in Sustainable Consumption and Production - Mobility
System Innovation for Sustainability 3: Case Studies in Sustainable Consumption and Production ― Food and Agriculture
The Durable Corporation. Strategies for Sustainable Development
Making the most of packaging. A strategy for a low-carbon economy.

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Remanufacturing in the UK

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2008

System Innovation for Sustainability 1: Perspectives on Radical Changes to Sustainable Consumption and Production
Wabi-Sabi, For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Promoting Sustainable Consumption

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Aligned for Sustainable Design

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2007

Design for Sustainability: A Practical Approach
Adventures in EcoDesign of Electronic Products
Promoting Sustainable Consumption

FREE

2006

Made to Break Technology and Obsolescence in America
In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World
Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice
The Performance Economy
Remanufacturing and Product Design: Designing for the 7th Generation

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Ecological Design
Design Guidelines for Sustainable Packaging

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2005

The Logic of Sufficiency
Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy
Greening the Industrial Facility
Perspectives, Approaches, and Tools

2004

Eternally Yours: time in design

2003

ECODESIGN Pilot: Product Investigation, Learning and Optimization Tool for Sustainable Product Development
Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash 

2002

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature
The Eco-design Handbook: A Complete Sourcebook for the Home and Office
A Thousand Shades of Green: Sustainable Strategies for Competitive Advantage
Mechanical Life Cycle Handbook Good. Environmental Design and Manufacturing

2001

Design and Environment: A Global Guide to Designing Greener Goods
Sustainable Solutions: Developing Products and Services for the Future
Information Systems and the Environment

2000

How to do EcoDesign?: a guide for environmentally and economically sound design
Fatal Consumption:
Rethinking Sustainable
Development
Human factors/ergonomics handbook for the design for ease of maintenance

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1999

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

1998

Design for Environment: Creating Eco-Efficient Products and Processes
The Ecology of Industry. Sector and Linkages

The Durable Use of Consumer Products: New Options for Business and Consumption
Upsizing: The Road to Zero Emissions- More Jobs, More Income and No Pollution
The Role of Product Design in Post – Industrial Society
Industrial Development and Environmental Degradation: A Source Book on the Origins of Global Pollution

1997

Ecodesign: A Promising Approach to Sustainable Production and Consumption
Eternally Yours: Visions on Product Design
The Industrial Green Game. Implications for Environmental Design and Management
How Things Don't Work
Designing and developing maintainable products and systems

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Green Goods? Consumers, Product Labels and the Environment

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1996

Product Development and the Environment
“Deep Design, Pathways to a Livable Future

1995

The Green Imperative: Ecology and Ethics in Design and Architecture
The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water
Eco Design, Environmentally Sound Packaging and Graphic Design

1994

The Greening of Industrial Ecosystems

1993

1992

Green products by design. Choices for a Cleaner Environment

1991

Green Design
Green Design, Design for the Environment

1990

Our Common Future
The Lifetime of a Durable Good.
An Economic Psychological Approach

1989 - 1980

Design for the Real World (1984)
Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment (1989)
Advances in Environment, Behavior, and Design

1979 - 1970

Design Nature and Revolution Toward a Critical Eco (1972)
Small is Beautiful
Rubbish Theory: The Creation and Destruction of Value
Structure in Nature Is a Strategy for Design (1978)

1969 - 1960

The Waste Makers (1960)

1950 - 1900

Selling Mrs. Consumer (1929)