The Closed World method allows SIT to find more value in an organization’s existing materials and assets. Often times, an organization’s first instinct is to look outside of its internal resources to solve a problem. The Closed World method forces an organization to be more creative with what they have. SIT helped Rubbermaid, a manufacturer and distributor of home products and cleaning goods, use the Closed World principle to develop a new packaging method.
Rubbermaid’s original packaging included a box with a product and separate pamphlet of written instructions inside. SIT helped the team discover that printing the instructions on the back of the box is more efficient. Customers could easily access the instructions to assemble the product and no longer had to worry about losing or damaging the instruction pamphlet. The new method allowed Rubbermaid to cut their production costs, save paper, and increase efficiency.