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Towards a taxonomy of divestment. the lifespan of products as a process

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posted on 2021-06-16, 11:41 authored by Ana Gabriela Encino-Muñoz, Mark Sumner, Pammi Sinha, Bruce Carnie
This paper presents findings of research focused on the divestment of material possessions. It argues that divestment can be better understood as a process instead of a moment in the lifespan of a product. The term divestment refers to the process through which owners separate physically or emotionally from their possessions. Using qualitative data obtained through the Photo-Elicitation Interview method, the study explores the experiences of people on three types of items: clothing, furniture and mobile phone aiming to understand how the separation between owners and possessions occurs. The results were systematised to build a taxonomy of divestment. This taxonomy analyses the divestment process as a negotiation between value-waste, capturing the moments in which the value of a product increases or decreases. The taxonomy consists of five different categories: physical divestment, virtual divestment, keeping/no use, irregular use and in use. The categorisation of these moments through the taxonomy allows to identify moments for interventions in the lifespan of products to promote more sustainable ways of divestment. It also becomes a useful tool for understanding the complexity of product’s lifespan and possible interventions for promoting more sustainable ways of consumption.

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4th PLATE 2021 Virtual Conference, 26-28 May 2021;

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non-peer-reviewed

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