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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
Designing in a way that takes account of the
environmental impact of the product
throughout its life.
Green legislation
The avoidance or minimization of producing
waste in relation to the production, use and
disposal of a product
Green design
The anticipation of potential problems in
relation to the environmental impact of the
production, use and disposal of a product
Guiding Questions
Discuss the implication of incremental and radical solutions
Explain how consumer pressure and legislation can drive Green design
Explain three design objectives for Green design
Discuss the differences between the prevention and precautionary principle
List how products can be evaluated to measure how environmentally friendly they are (how ‘green’)