Sustainable Design Strategies

StrategiesWeb

Innovation

The forward thinking reassessment of traditional practices.

  • Adaptability
  • Multi-Functional
  • Modular
  • Shape Changing
  • Biomimicry
  • Technology
  • Products as Service
  • Social Impact

Low-Impact Materials

The raw matter from which a product is constructed.

  • Domestic Materials
  • Renewable
  • Biodegradable
  • Socially Friendly
  • Low Chemical
  • Low Energy
  • Low Water Use
  • Predator Friendly (Farming and Ranching)
  • Low Impact Hardware & Trims
  • Responsibly Raised Animal Products

Optimized Manufacturing

Industrial operations that refine raw materials into assembled components.

  • Labor Justice (fair working conditions and wages)
  • Local Artisans
  • Low Manufacturing Waste
  • Low Energy Manufacturing
  • Minimize Number of Operations
  • Minimize Number of Components

Efficient Distribution

The movement of a product  between locations along the supply chain.

  • Carbon Offsetting
  • Transparent Supply Chain
  • Efficient Distribution
  • Efficient Transport Systems
  • Reduced Weight/Size
  • Reusable Packaging Materials
  • Recycled Packaging Materials
  • Efficient Packaging

Low-Impact Use   

The relationship between a product’s intended purpose and consumer implementation.

  • Reduce Energy Inefficiencies
  • Reduce Water Inefficiencies
  • Reduce Material Waste (in products that use other consumables to function)

Optimized Lifetime

The conscience decision to delay a product’s obsolescence. 

  • Materials Appropriate for Anticipated Lifespan
  • Encourage Emotional Attachment to Product
  • Durability Appropriate for Use
  • Elimination of Weak Points in the Design
  • Design for Economically Viable Repair
  • Designed for Lease to Multiple Users
  • Design for Upgrades
  • Design for Second Life

Optimized End-of-Life

Design to account for when the product reaches the end of its useful life. 

  • Take-Back Program
  • Designed for Reuse
  • Reconditioning through Creative Reconstruction
  • Recycling of Material
  • Easy Disassembly

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