Electrical Product Design Reviews

WRAP’s design reviews aimed to help leading electrical retailers and brand manufacturers make their products more durable, repairable and resource-efficient.

Our design reviews used product teardown to investigate opportunities where product re-design could improve profit, reduce costs and reduce environmental impact, and could be achieved within the product owners objectives, such as price-point. 

Opportunities for improvement focus on:

  • Durability to reduce product returns - Investigating the components that may fail and lead to product returns, and their causes;
  • Direct material savings - Reducing the quantity of material used in product and packaging, and increasing recycled content through design simplification or component substitution; and
  • Design for assembly and repair - Improving manufacturing or repair efficiencies through design changes.

Our design reviews have identified savings of:

  • Television: £180,000 and 600 tonnes of CO2e (per 100,000 units) per annum.
  • Microwave: £320,000 and 300 tonnes of CO2e (per 100,000 units) per annum.
  • Washing machine: £550,000 and 740 tonnes of CO2e (per 100,000 units) per annum.
  • Laptop: £200,000 and 373.3 tonnes of CO2e (per 100,000 units) per annum
  • Fridge Freezer: £125,000 and 162 tonnes of CO2e (per 100,000 units) per annum
  • Vacuum Cleaner: £31,200 and 163 tonnes of CO2e (per 100,000 units) per annum
  • Tumble Dryer: £9,100 and 20.9 tonnes of CO2e (per 100,000 units) per annum

 Use the links to find out more about the suggested design improvements for each product.