Insights on the Circular Economy in Singapore

October 22, 2014 by  
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Circular - 1 Our current linear production and consumption model of “take, make and dispose” is not sustainable. We no longer can afford to use more limited resources and create more waste. We have to change, and the alternative model that is fast gaining traction is the circular economy.

Driven by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and building upon concepts such as Cradle to Cradle, Industrial Ecology and Biomimicry, the circular economy is likely to be the next big sustainability trend. Read more

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

Michael Braungart Shares Cradle to Cradle Principles at the Asia Sustainable Packaging Summit 2010

November 8, 2010 by  
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In the realms of industrial design and closed-loop manufacturing systems, the international bestseller, “Cradle to Cradle, Reinventing The Way We Make Things” is a revolutionary and avant-garde work by Michael Braungart and William McDonough. Braungart is the Founder of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) in Hamburg, Germany.

Braungart is a chemist by profession and a founding member of Germany’s Green Party. Currently a Professor teaching Process Engineering at the University of Lüneburg in Suderburg, Germany, he is passionate in his worldview that most problems of the world such as pollution, toxicity and waste are all design issues.

He spoke recently at the Asia Sustainable Packaging Summit 2010 at Singapore. Here are some of the ideas he put forth: Read more

Waste Equals Food

December 19, 2008 by  
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In the coming year, businesses face an economic recession and lower consumer spending. However, these tough challenges also present opportunities for your company to go green, look at how to cut costs and waste, and to do things better and more efficiently. Going green could help your company to be in a better position to attract customers when the economy rebounds.

This 50-min video on Waste = Food would be useful in giving you an idea of cradle to cradle design popularised by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Learn about waste becoming food for nature or to be used as technical nutrients for making new products. Learn about designing things that are more efficient, safe, environmentally friendly and producing no waste.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3058533428492266222