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Developing hybrid business models in the reuse and repair sector: a case study

Tyl, Benjamin; Baldacchino, Cyril

The on-going race towards innovation and growth, continuously sustained by new products, has shaped a “throwaway era” overwhelmed by waste. To overcome this logic, various repair workshops are developed in order to support citizens in giving a second life to products through a reuse or repair strategy. These repair workshops are generally small structures, with few employees and do not reach a critical size to develop a reuse and repair culture in territories. This paper relies on a practical case study, the development of the IKOS reuse, repair and recycling ecosystem in Bordeaux. IKOS is a collective composed of five partners with different economic and legal models (social companies, NGOs, etc.) on different core sectors (textile, furniture, books, building). Through this case study, the paper raises the question of understanding how to support the development of an ecosystem with various organizations and consequently the development of a new economic, social, and governance models, which respond to economic imperatives, and social or environmental demands. This paper presents the first steps of this research action project.
Published in: PLATE – Product lifetimes and the environment : 3rd PLATE Conference, September 18–20, 2019 Berlin, Germany, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin
Published by ISBN 978-3-7983-3125-9