© Veromatic International, 1997
Veromatic Professional Coffee Machine
A report in 1997 illustrated that two eco-design strategies were used in the design of the Veromatic Coffee Machine; energy reduction and design for disassembly.
The redesign of this coffee machine focused specifically on reducing the amount of energy used by the product. This was achieved by reducing the heater from 4 to 2 litres and insulating the boiler with polystyrene. This resulted in a the energy lost to the air being reduced from 44% to 7 %.
During the design of the coffee machine it was also decided that over the long term, a logistics system should be set up for the disassembly of old machines and that by changing the design of the machine in the long-term valuable parts could be reused. In the short term the machine would be shredded.
A reflection on this case study in 2007 showed that there is no mention of dissassembly or component reuse on the Veromatic website.
Source: Brezet, H. and C. van Hemel (1997) 'Ecodesign: a promising approach to sustainable production and consumption', Rathenau Institute, TU Delft & UNEP, Paris