Durability, Function and Performance
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There is little understanding of how ideas, actions and objects together result in the reuse of packaging, and when and where this happens. This chapter uses the findings from a research study to examine different ways in which consumers reuse packaging in their homes and draw out the principles behind these reuse practices. These principles are then tested in practice as the basis for packaging design that may facilitate extending the life of packaging and thus reduce domestic waste. The research described in this chapter shows that open-loop reuse of packaging is significant in its own right and that a considerable amount of packaging reuse goes on in UK homes. Carrier bags are perhaps the most ubiquitous and most frequently reused packaging item. How they are categorised for reuse depends on three factors: their material type, appearance and branding. Items of packaging are frequently reused for their socio- and ideo-functions, which rely on aesthetics.