Design and Make Sustainable Products

August 8, 2012 by  
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Are you a designer interested in designing more sustainable products? Is your company looking at green product design? This article explores the various sustainable design principles that have been developed over the years, which designers can adopt and apply in their work.

Designers and manufacturers can design and make sustainable products and packaging that are durable and non-toxic, use less materials and resources during its entire life cycle, and which can be reused, repaired or recycled.

To eliminate the concept of waste means to design things – products, packaging and systems – from the very beginning in the understanding that waste does not exist. – Jonathon Porritt, Capitalism as if the World Matters

Several sustainable design and product principles have been developed over the years and we look at some of them below:

  1. Biomimicry
  2. Cradle to Cradle
  3. Design for the Environment
  4. Life Cycle Assessment
  5. The Natural Step
  6. Other Resources

If you’re a designer or manufacturer, learn and adopt these sustainable principles in your product or packaging. Read more

Designing Products by Learning from Nature

April 5, 2012 by  
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Are you curious about the idea of biomimicry or nature as mentor? How would designers, architects and engineers learn from nature to design products that are innovative and sustainable?

This article will share more about the concept of biomimicry, and reveal how renowned designer, David Oakey, applies biomimicry in designing carpets for InterfaceFLOR, a pioneer in sustainable manufacturing and business practices.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that looks at nature as mentor – what we can learn from nature and emulate nature’s forms, processes, patterns and strategies, to seek sustainable solutions.

Janine Benyus’s 1997 book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, is the first book that best describes the idea and applications of biomimicry. She explains how nature has already solved many of the world’s problems, such as: Read more