Working towards a sustainable future (More Sustainable (Fill it up!!…
Working towards a sustainable future
biodegradable. Capable of being broken down (decomposed) rapidly by the action of microorganisms.
A non-renewable resource is a resource of economic value that cannot be readily replaced by natural means at a quick enough pace to keep up with consumption.
Rapidly renewable materials are plant-based materials that can be replenished within a period of 10 years or less. Bamboo and cork are rapidly renewable materials used to create flooring materials for homes and office buildings.
where has it been made ?
where can you get the material from?
who is going to use it?
who will it benefit?
what is the carbon footprint of the product ?
is it safe to use?
what impact will it have on the environment?
On a global scale, ethical manufacturing focuses on the good health, safety, and fair compensation of the workforce. Yes, ethical manufacturing will always cost more than sweatshop labor, because it reflects the true value of what you are purchasing
Fill it up!! Natural fillers such as wood, starch, flax, switch grass, etc. can add great aesthetics to the product, increase biocontent, and reduce the amount of plastic by up to 50%.
When possible, select a compostable plastic.
Reduce the amount of material needed through part design.
Select minimalistic packaging made from material that can be, or have already been recycled or reclaimed.
Use reclaimed, post industrial grades of plastic instead of virgin materials when possible.
Source materials more locally to decrease transportation emissions and costs
What makes a sustainable product?
Life cycle impacts and benefits
Typically, this involves quantifying a select group of impact categories and resource flows across the entire product system.
Hazardous substances risks
Ideally, this involves the elimination of the use of hazardous substances at the design stage but currently many product systems (e.g., batteries, circuit boards, and compact fluorescent light bulbs) do incorporate hazardous or potentially hazardous substances.