Sustainable design Sustainable design (also called environmental design, environmentally sustainable design, environmentally conscious design, etc.) is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability. Theory The intention of sustainable design is to "eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design". Manifestations of sustainable design require no non-renewable resources, impact the environment minimally, and connect people with the natural environment. Beyond the "elimination of negative environmental impact", sustainable design must create projects that are meaningful innovations that can shift behaviour. A dynamic balance between economy and society, intended to generate long-term relationships between user and object/service and finally to be respectful and mindful of the environmental and social differences. Conceptual problems
How to Detect Greenwashing Ads | Green Read labels carefully when shoppingBy Lori Bongiorno How do you know if an ad is telling the truth? It's not always easy, but there are certain clues you can look for to determine if the claims an ad is making are legit or if a marketer is purposely trying to mislead you into thinking a product is healthier, safer, or greener than it truly is. Here are some ways to determine if advertising claims are fact or fiction... Words matter. Natural Hypoallergenic Nontoxic Fragrance-free or unscented Free range Hormone-free Antibiotic-free Eco-friendly, environmentally preferable, or eco-safe Green Meaningless claims are ubiquitous in the marketplace. Some examples of specific claims: Made from post-consumer recycled paper Formaldehyde-free No additives No animal byproducts No parabens Phosphate-free Visit Consumer Reports' Eco-labels center to find out which labels and terms you can trust. Look for proof. The U.S. Rely on experts. Want to see some of the most egregiously misleading ads?
Sustainability is 'the ultimate design brief' | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional "There are professions more harmful than design", wrote the godfather of sustainable design, Victor Papanek in 1972, "but only a few". Papanek accused designers of creating useless, unnecessary and unsafe products; of wastefully propagating product obsolescence; of creating "stuff-lust" that promoted materialistic lifestyles. As the 2012 London Design Festival kicks off this week, one wonders how much has really changed. A look at the agenda shows scant reference to sustainability so one can only conclude, and hope, these issues are increasingly integrated rather than dealt with as a stand-alone. Design matters The material world that surrounds us – the signs that direct us, the smartphone pages we flick through, the way we use buildings, how we move around cities – is consciously or unconsciously designed. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) estimates that 75% of UK consumers' carbon emissions come from the use of products and services.
10 Examples of Sustainability Plans for Graphic Designers | Pushing Snowballs With architecture and product design, it’s pretty easy to craft a sustainability or “green” strategy that makes sense. If you’re an architect, you design buildings that are more energy efficient, that promote transit usage, and that utilize sustainable materials. Product designers can create products that are more durable (less waste), require less energy to use or produce, utilize less packaging, or generally encourage greener living. Most graphic designers, however, don’t produce as many artifacts with the potential to use – or save – large amounts of resources. Sure, you can make a commitment to using recycled paper, but that only gets you so far, and what about the growing number of projects that don’t use paper at all? The following ten firms, using varying levels of creativity, have managed to devise and present plans or statements that effectively convey their commitments to sustainability. Creative Slice Brainforest Digital Eskimo Ecocreative Orange Bike Design Roughstock Studios Ripe
Design Sustainably Greener Packaging Design Set a more sustainable course for packaging by incorporating the following guidelines into your next project. Ideally, sustainable packaging should: Eliminate excess or unnecessary material (also known as rightsizing). Don't forget to try our Greener Printer and Paper Finder tools on your next packaging project. For further help with your sustainable packaging project, you can visit the: sustainability - Ethics in Graphic Design Sustainable practices for graphic designers include a wide range of issues. When creating traditional print materials the toxicity of ink and paper and the sheer quantity of paper produced need to be considered. In addition to these factors there are other phases of the life cycle of products that need to be examined. To really determine the sustainability or carbon footprint of a product, one needs to follow it through its entire life cycle. Questions need to be raised about how much fuel is being used for shipping, what the final end product is, how long the life cycle is, and how long before the product ends up as waste. In Green Graphic Design author Brian Dougherty asks graphic designers to start at the end of the process instead of the beginning. In Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart make a similar case for how sustainable practices need to be implemented.
Biothinking -- Truly Sustainable Design Design Sustainably What is sustainability? Sustainability goes beyond just "being green" and is moreover not easy to achieve. Its concept is interconnected with everything we do, consume and make. Design to Re-nourish Re-nourish believes that sustainability isn't necessarily the best term to describe what is needed for our world. The rest of the story of sustainable design is unwritten, and at this point no one really knows what it will look like. You can find some in on our Greener Printers registry.
Some Of The Most Creative Sustainable Package Designs Sustainable is a word we are hearing more often these days then our parents did back when they were youngsters. This is happening because of our hyper-industrialization and the rapid use of various materials which are running out quickly. Package designers as well as other kinds of designers are trying to use in their products materials which are not petroleum based, but instead made out of materials which will not run out very soon, like paper, wood or other organic materials. Recycling materials like plastic, metal or even paper is an idea that should be imposed in many countries, otherwise they won’t recycle, considering that most people don’t really care what happens after their lifespan. MUG pub Hemp 4 Haiti Westinghouse Light Bulbs Concept Method Ocean Plastic Bottle Eco & Sustainable Premium Thai Pomelo Snoop Dogg’s Smokable Book Mimushi Handcrafted Designer Figurines Yummy earth Antidote Software Market Grown Organic Valley Vapur – Anti – Bottle Blackbox Case ECO Soap Daily Dairy Hangerpak
Sustainable packaging Sustainable packaging is the development and use of packaging which results in improved sustainability. This involves increased use of life cycle inventory (LCI) and life cycle assessment (LCA) to help guide the use of packaging which reduces the environmental impact and ecological footprint. It includes a look at the whole of the supply chain: from basic function, to marketing, and then through to end of life (LCA) and rebirth. Additionally, an eco-cost to value ratio can be useful The goals are to improve the long term viability and quality of life for humans and the longevity of natural ecosystems. Sustainable packaging must meet the functional and economic needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is not necessarily an end state but is a continuing process of improvement. Environmental marketing claims on packages need to be made (and read) with caution. Criteria Benefits