ASU Center for Organization Research and Design

Refillable Packaging Systems: Design Considerations

by V.A. Lofthouse; T.A. Bhamra

Jan 1, 2006

The overall aim of the research project reported on in this paper is to investigate the feasibility of developing a refillable packaging system for a mainstream product in the personal care market, which fulfils customer needs whilst attaining greater eco-efficiencies. By using the concept of product service systems the project aims to take a more radical approach to the design of refillable packaging systems and unlock the potential for greater sustainability improvements. This paper outlines a range of different types of refillable packaging systems and reflects on the different design considerations raised by these approaches in terms of the social, technological and economic related impacts.