A circular economy requires materials designed for multiple life cycles. No longer can we keep adding functionality via tailored complexity for a single life. Superior fit-for-purpose materials must retain maximal value through all their subsequent applications.

Much effort has been expended on how to best recycle, reuse and re-purpose our existing materials. The next frontier is to build multiple life functionality into new materials.

IFM is examining how to best tailor materials for re-purposing, disassembly, re-assembly, longevity and finally for recycling, all the while maintaining the highest possible performance and value.