Eco-design is essentially a strategy for issues revolving scarcity. As resources become more expensive to extract, process, manufacture, consume and dispose of; there lies opportunity in the overall stewardship. While our lifestyles, even in their very basic form, require resources; eco-design is a mitigation strategy.
There are many factors associated with the design typically considered by designers and engineers. Business, innovation, governance, environmental impact and economics are all key issues. There are some examples below.
The Business Case
New UNEP Report: Resource consumption levels far from sustainable
Resource Use and Environmental Impact from Economic Growth
Sustainable Product Design Presentation - YouTube
Hundred Mile Design
Eco-Design Chair - YouTube
Sustainable Cardboard Chair and Desk - Folding Cardboard chair design - RISD4 - YouTube
Ecochair - Foldable Cardboard Furniture - YouTube
The Journal of Industrial Ecology
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