Sustainable Product Design

5 Aug

How to design sustainable Products?

I am interested in sustainable product design. I encountered a good resources on designing sustainable products, well here it is for your green pleasure. It is from Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and design and innovation firm IDEO, Aligned for Sustainable Design: An A-B-C-D Approach to Making Better Products. The objective of this report is to educate companies about how to create internal and external alignments that will allow them to achieve their sustainable design goals. But first….

Why design sustainable products?

At least one of the reasons is cost. Companies are already made to pay for recycling these products. Soon consumers will also pay for their waste. For example, recently in Toronto the city has started charging the building owners for the waste they produce. City is encouraging the building managers to do more recycling.

In the past one really do not have to care about which box you through your coffee cup in, waste or recycling. But now you must care.

Product Life-Cycle and Product Re-Cycle

A good product designer must think about all aspects of a product life cycle. May be we have think of products not in terms of cradle to grave, but rather from Cradle to Cradle.

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2 Responses to “Sustainable Product Design”

  1. Ryan Taylor October 7, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    Shaji if you don’t mind dropping me an email I have a question about your ‘green product’ session proposed for ProductCampToronto. Apologies for the comment but I couldn’t find an email on your blog.

  2. Shaji October 8, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    Ryan, I have sent you an email yesterday. I will add the “Contact Me” option to my blog, thanks for bringing this up.

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