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Sustainability, Volume 9, Issue 9 (September 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The end-of-life phase of products and the overall circular systems of reuse and recycling impose [...] Read more. The end-of-life phase of products and the overall circular systems of reuse and recycling impose challenges within the common frameworks of product lifecycles. Typically, original equipment manufacturer-centric supply chain perspectives neglect the complexity at the end-of-life where many third parties are involved in value-adding reuse and recycling activities. This study proposes and subsequently applies the ‘cascade use methodology’ and thereby identifies additional end-of-life solutions for products and materials. The adoption of cascade utilization into product lifecycles is analyzed and critically discussed using case studies from the automobile sector. Although found theoretically feasible, the practical adoption of ‘cascade use’ deserves more attention from researchers and practitioners in order to become an integral part of the comprehensive management of product lifecycles. View the paper