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2.5 Green Design student


T2.5 Green Design

The purpose of green design is to ensure a sustainable future for all.

Essential idea:

Green design integrates environmental considerations into the design of a product without compromising its integrity

Nature of design

The starting point for many green products is to improve an existing product by redesigning aspects of it to address environmental objectives. The iterative development of these products can be incremental or radical depending on how effectively new technologies can address the environmental objectives. When newer technologies are developed, the product can re-enter the development phase for further improvement

Concepts and principles:

Strategies for green design (incremental and radical): How strategies for green design often involve a focus on one or two environmental objectives when designing or re-designing products

Green legislation: How green legislation encourages incremental rather than radical changes:

How environmental legislation has encouraged the design of products that tackle specific environmental issues

Timescale to implement green design

Drivers for green design (consumer pressure and legislation)

Design objectives for green products: How design objectives for green products address three broad environmental categories— materials, energy and pollution/waste

Strategies for designing green products

The prevention principle

The precautionary principle

Evaluating products in terms of: consumption of raw materials; packaging; incorporation of toxic chemicals; energy in production and use; end-of-life disposal; production methods; and atmospheric pollutants


Match the keyword with the correct definition

The precautionary principle Laws and regulations that are based on conservation and sustainability principles, followed by designers and manufacturers when creating green products.

The prevention principle

Green legislation

Green design

Designing in a way that takes account of the environmental impact of the product throughout its life.

The avoidance or minimization of producing waste in relation to the production, use and disposal of a product

The anticipation of potential problems in relation to the environmental impact of the production, use and disposal of a product

Guiding Questions

1. Discuss the implication of incremental and radical solutions

2. Explain how consumer pressure and legislation can drive Green design

3. Explain three design objectives for Green design

4. Discuss the differences between the prevention and precautionary principle

5. List how products can be evaluated to measure how environmental ly friendly they are (how ‘green’)