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International Journal of Sustainable Design


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International Journal of Sustainable Design (3 papers in press)


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  • Designing from the Dumpster: Experiences of Developing Products Using Discards   Order a copy of this article
    by Isabel Ordoñez, Oskar Rexfelt 
    Abstract: This article presents results from the Waste to Design (W2D) project, that analysed six product development theses projects done to make use of specific waste materials. The W2D project investigated what challenges are faced when designing with waste and how they could be addressed. It was found that there is a need for a pre-process, where: material properties are analysed, several possible application areas are suggested and later screened to determine one product type to develop. The main challenge observed was the lack of reliable material property data for the discarded materials, which hindered well informed screening. Understanding the processes needed for designing with waste is a first step in order to facilitate this work in the future.
    Keywords: Eco design; resource recovery; up-cycling; industrial waste; material cycles; closed loop; sustainable design; design education; design process; design methods; product development.

  • A Household Sustainable Product Design for India   Order a copy of this article
    by AMIT RAY, Aditya Galotra 
    Abstract: Globalization has introduced the semantics of economic growth with the help of mass scale consumer products. It has also created intense competitive global market. In order to capture the consumer market the manufacturers have introduced the strategy of use and throw. Use and throw philosophy has created the demand for supply of new products. Due to the consumerism strategy, manufacturing of products has increased economic growth and achieved the result of economic success at the cost of rapid consumption of natural resources affecting the ecology of the earth. In the process human beings is producing enormous amount of garbage. rnThe authors are proposing an alternative design solution to plastic bags that are supplied by the stores. Plastic carry-bag for shopping food/ grocery items is the most common utility product in India. An alternative eco-friendly design of carry bag is proposed to replace the existing polythene bags. (147 words)
    Keywords: Key Words: Design; Sustainable Design; Garbage; Recycling; Plastic Bags.

  • Recommending Sustainable Design Practices By Characterizing Activities And Mindsets   Order a copy of this article
    by Jeremy Faludi 
    Abstract: How do designers and engineers choose the best sustainable design method for their project? How can different design methods (or elements thereof) combine to complement each other? This study makes recommendations by deconstructing 14 popular sustainable design methods / guides into their constituent activities and mindsets, then characterizing those activities and mindsets. For example, some of the seven activity categories are analysis, ideation, and goal-setting; some of the eight mindset categories are priorities, abstract versus concrete goals, and environmental versus social goals. Recommendations are given for matching selected problems to appropriate sustainable design methods by their constituent activities and mindsets. It also recommends combining design methods by showing which methods contain different (complementary) activities or mindsets vs. similar (redundant) ones. This work should enable designers and engineers to practice more effective and creative sustainable design.
    Keywords: Sustainable design methods; design methodology; design strategy; design activities; design mindsets; The Natural Step; Whole System Mapping; Biomimicry; Human-Centred Design; Life-Cycle Assessment; Cradle to Cradle; Okala; combining design methods; sustainable product design.