Circular economy

“Waste becomes a source of new materials.”

Do you really need to be the owner of the jeans you’re wearing? The idea of a performance economy was developed by Walter Stahel in the 1970s. He believed in the importance of selling services rather than products. This would lead to a world in which products are depots of raw materials. End users pay for the performance only so that manufacturers retain access to the raw materials.

Dutch architect Thomas Rau employed the principles of a performance model throughout his working space. When considering lighting, Rau did not want to purchase an expensive lighting infrastructure that he would eventually need to replace and dispose, but rather light as a service. RAU worked with Philips to develop a system that could work within this new way of thinking.