Reusability is the ease with which something can be used repeatedly. The term applies to using something repeatedly for the same purpose or finding ways to repurpose things to make greater use of them. The following are illustrative examples.
Interior DesignTraditional Japanese homes feature configurable and removable room dividers known as fusuma and shoji that allow rooms to be adjoined or separated for different purposes throughout the day.
ToysToys based on interchangeable parts that allow children to reconfigure and reconstruct things according to instructions or the imagination.
CodeCode that is structured into modules that perform common business or technical functions such as validating a credit card number.
TransportationA line of bicycles with standard interchangeable components such as tires that allows an old bike to be used as parts.
ElectronicsA mobile phone with a modular design constructed from swappable components.
ArchitectureThe use of standard building elements such as shipping containers that can be reused for various structures.
Shopping BagsA cosmetics company packages items in high quality bags made from natural materials such as hemp that customers value and tend to reuse.
A launch system with recoverable and reusable booster rockets.
HomeA reusable coffee filter that can be cleaned and used thousands of times.Beverages in returnable glass bottles that are cleaned and refilled.
CafeA cafe that gives a minor discount to customers who bring their own cup.
Novelty ItemsA sticker that is designed to be removed and restuck.
Quality ItemsWhere people view things as high quality they tend to be reused for longer and sold second-hand. For example, there is a healthy market for second-hand kimonos in Japan whereas t-shirts are viewed as disposable.
BoxesA supply chain that uses durable packaging that is reused as opposed to cardboard that needs to be recycled after each use.
3d Printing MaterialMaterials for 3d printers that can be reused when a printed object fails to meet expectations.
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