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.

esap Case Study: Thinking inside the box
Reviewing the design of packaging is important to ensure the product is sufficiently protected during distribution. It is also important for optimising how product components are configured within packaging in order to design out waste.  A laptop manufacturer has achieved $500,000 savings per annum by reconfiguring how their laptop and ancillary products are placed within their packaging.