Caring for the environment!

The earth’s natural resources are running out and it’s time to make a change. There are many ways of protecting the earth’s natural resources. Identifying the key problems, steps and solutions can be made to help to care for the environment.

Designers in today society are combining innovation with analytical problem-solving skills. It states that [“Today’s designers are trained to understand the concerns of stakeholders and consumers while creating successful and market ready interfaces, magazines, products and other outputs”], SHERIN (2013). This is to produce products that are ready to sell in the market.

Sustainability has been a major part in product design. It claims that [“sustainability has emerged as a defining characteristic of the first decade of the first decade of the twenty-first century. It connects like-minded people, crosses cultural and geographic boundaries, and has prompted businesses and governments to rethink their mission and policies”], SHERIN (2013). By caring for the environment, management of waste and making the products more sustainable. It influences people’s decisions on how sustainable the product is and the environment impact.

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Fig. 1: Peakoil (June 23, 2014) Renewable and Non-renewable Resources

None renewable resources such as coal, oil and natural gas are going to run out in the coming decades which will cause a major problem in the current population we live in. This would mean that we have to change the way use products. By using renewable energy such as solar power, wind energy, tidal energy, hydro-electric and geothermal energy (Fig 1). From renewable energy world, [“Renewable energy is important because of the benefits it provides. The key benefits are environmental benefits, energy for future uses, energy security, jobs and the economy”], RENEWABLE ENERGY WORLD(2014).

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Fig. 2: P&G Beauty and Grooming (2013) LCA Map

By designing products that are more sustainable. Designers have to use techniques, processes, and materials to help reduce the detrimental environmental, social, and economic impact of their designs. To make products more sustainable, we have to look at the whole system product life cycle (Fig 2). There are 5 main steps to make the product more sustainable. First, to define the problem by looking at the solution. Second, to prioritise the product life cycle objectives. Three, to brainstorm solutions by looking at the whole system map. Four, to use metric to evaluate and choose solutions. Finally five, to repeat the steps.

Designers would also have consider to design for disassembly, design for repair, design for upgrade, design for recycling and design for re manufacturing. By doing these steps it will reduce the environmental impact and make the product more eco-friendly.

Image Reference

PEAKOIL (June23, 2014) Renewable and Non-renewable Resources [Online image] Available from: http://peakoil.com/alternative-energy/home-renewable-energy-non-renewable-resources-depletion-effects-non-renewable-resources-depletion-effects [Accessed 24/11/2014].

P&G BEAUTY AND GROOMING (2013) LCA Map [Online image] Available from: http://pgbeautyscience.com/breakthroughs-xix.php [Accessed 24/11/2014].

Bibliography

SHERIN, A (2013) Sustainable Thinking: Ethical approaches to design and design management. London: Bloomsbury.

RENEWABLE ENERGY WORLD.COM (2014) Why is renewable energy important? [Online] Available from: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/why [Accessed 24/11/2014].

P&G BEAUTY AND GROOMING (2013) LCA Map [Online image] Available from: http://pgbeautyscience.com/breakthroughs-xix.php [Accessed 24/11/2014].

 

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