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Invitation to Lasting seminar: Lost in the masses: is product longevity the solution?

Old furniture on the street

Welcome to the Lasting project seminar where we will present findings from 3 years of research on product lifespans and sustainability. The project led by Consumption Research Norway SIFO at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) gathered actors from the Norwegian home appliances, textile and furniture sectors. The partners have researched the material streams, consumer and business perspectives as well as policy in the area of product lifetimes with the goal of moving towards a sustainable future where products last for a long time.

This seminar will be of particular interest to anyone working with sustainability, product design, business models or policy development.

The seminar is followed by a workshop where we move from theoretical to practical explorations, examining how we could live with our things in the future. Here we will play around with design briefs based on the project findings.

The seminar will be in English, while the workshop will be in Norwegian. Participation in person only, but the seminar will be recorded and shared after the event.

Sign up to attend:

When: 18th of October 2023, kl. 10:00-15:30

Where: OsloMet, Pilestredet 35, Ellen Gleditschs hus: PH131, Anna Felbers auditorium (1st floor) (closest tram stop Holbergs Plass, tram lines 17, 18 and 19). 


09:30     Doors open – coffee available
Room PH131, Anna Felbers auditorium (1st floor)

10:00     Welcome
by Harald Throne-Holst, Researcher at SIFO

10:05     Consumer views on increasing product lifetimes
by Kirsi Laitala, project leader and Researcher at SIFO

10:30     Let’s see the forest for the trees: industrial ecology insights into product lifetimes
by Kamila Krych, PhD Candidate at NTNU

10:55     Conflicting narratives of product longevity
by Lisbeth Løvbak Berg, Researcher at SIFO

11:20     Durability in product policy – The limitation of the dream of longer life
by Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Professor in Clothing and Sustainability at SIFO

11:45     Lunch

12:30     Lost in sameness: plurality, clothing and durability
by Kate Fletcher, Professor at the Royal Danish Academy

12:55     Discussion: overproduction and product longevity

13:25     Coffee break and room change for workshop participants
Room PI451 (4th floor)

13:45     Workshop: tingene og oss i fremtiden

15:15     END