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Sustainable? DesignPosted by decorpro at October 18. 2012
Sustainability and Product Life Cycle. To see full article with images click here
As you are all well aware every product has a life cycle, meaning, it is created, used and then disposed of; but the story does not end there. As designers we need to consider what happens to the product AFTER it has been thrown away. Will it decay and decompose quickly? Unfortunately more often than not the answer is no. Most plastic products take a very, very long time to go back from whence it came. Not only does it take a long time, the decomposition process of results in toxic off gassing, leaching and nasty things of that nature.
I recently found these clever projects on a Korean web blog that will help extend the life of an otherwise dead product: http://blog.naver.com/jes6305/70141351798
They have essentially increased the product life, thus keeping it out of our landfills and oceans! Oh yeah, so it turns out ocean pollution is just as bad, if not worse than the landfill problem. Check this out: http://www.oprah.com/world/Ocean-Pollution-Fabien-Cousteaus-Warning-to-the-World
Anyway, I think these shovels and shoe racks are great. I can see them being used at Day-Camps around the world… or maybe even daycares with a tight budget. Either way they can make a fun craft project for kids. The actually usability is questionable, simply based on the material thickness, but we can be certain no one will be digging a foundation for a house with them.
This project is an inspiring story that we try to implement with all of our products here at Decorpro. We try to extend each one of our products life cycle by making them multi-functional. Each product can be used in a number of ways to keep your home looking beautiful. We also use materials that are inert, recyclable or easy for the environment to break down. Take a look at our Ovia Fire Burner, designed in part by Elyssa Smelko. This product can be used to include (but not limited to) a fire pot, large candles or a vase. The material is just regular steel, that can be recycled or will simply fade away into the earth. Will these small design choices change the world right away? No, but they certainly are not hurting it.
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