Products for Life, Customers for Life

William McDonough, William McDonough + Partners

McDonough + Partners lead William McDonough points out that manufacturers can utilize the same resources repeatedly, and build a lifetime buying relationship with their customer in the process. By closing the product cycle – that is, designing goods with their deconstruction and reconstruction in mind – product developers are uniquely poised to deepen their customer relationship. McDonough cites a case study of a carpet manufacturer that employs <i>Cradle to Cradle</i> design. Customers "lease" the carpet, and are offered financial incentive to return it after its term of use, where the manufacturer can strip it, reuse the backing, and replenish the fibers into new design – keeping toxic chemicals out of the environment, and unwanted product from the landfill.