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The EWWR Bulletin 4

Prevention Thematic Days 2015 - Dematerialisation: Doing more with less!

Prevention Thematic Days 2015 - Dematerialisation: Doing more with less!

The Prevention Thematic Days 2015 will focus on dematerialisation, under the slogan “Dematerialisation: Doing more, with less”.

The consumption of products (including their production, transport and distribution), represents nearly 50% of emissions contributing to climate change. If not transferred into reuse schemes, these products will eventually become waste that needs to be managed. That waste requires more collection and treatment infrastructures, the cost of which puts a strain on the budgets of local and regional public authorities. One way to reduce waste at the source is smart consumption.

What is dematerialisation?

Dematerialisation stands for using less or no material to deliver the same level of functionality to the user. Concretely this includes two aspects:

a) Shift from products to services
Replacing products with services, sharing and borrowing products, and the organisation of group services instead of individual ownership is one aspect of dematerialisation. In everyday life this could involve you renting tools from your neighbour or colleague, being part in a car sharing network instead of owning a car, listening to music via digital music distribution systems instead of buying CDs, etc.


b) Improved material use
Another aspect of dematerialisation is the absolute or relative reduction in the quantity of materials required to satisfy needs in society. That would include increasing the efficiency of material use (using less materials for a specific function) and substituting materials (exchanging heavy materials with light materials), but also reusing products.


To highlight this topic and support EWWR Action Developers in implementing actions around it, a number of tools have been developed. These tools are here to help people organise dematerialisation actions, with detailed how-to and a planning in advance. You will find factsheet on topics such as how to reduce your paper consumption or using old products to make out new ones.

Find all tools ready for download here. Don’t hesitate, register your action on dematerialisation!

More information on the Prevention Thematic Days.

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