Granta's Guide: Five Steps to Eco Design

Improving the Environmental Performance of Products through Design

Considering the environmental impacts of a product as part of the design process is a relatively new concept for many companies. Getting to grips with this topic can seem like a daunting challenge if you start to explore the complexities of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and carbon footprinting, the bewildering array of eco labels and standards currently in use, and the huge variety of environmental issues that you could choose to address.

Five Steps to Eco Design: Improving the Environmental Performance of Products through Design

To help support you, Granta have produced this short guide,
'Five Steps to Eco Design'.

What is the Guide?

'Five Steps to Eco Design' is a short booklet providing advice on how you can tackle environmental issues within product design in an integrated and cost-effective manner. We consider the business drivers for eco design, the main challenges found when implementing eco design, and then outline five simple and practical tips providing actions that you can take to deliver more environmentally sustainable products. whether you are a

  • designer,
  • engineer,
  • materials engineer, or
  • design manager.
The Guide shows how you can make changes and explore 'what if scenarios' during the early stages of design, where changes cost least but matter most
The Guide looks at the drivers and challenges in this area, and provides simple and practical tips to get you started
'Five Steps to Eco Design'
J. O'Hare, E. Cope & S. Warde
© Granta Design, 2011 (2.3 MB, PDF)

Five Practical Tips for everyone involved

How do you improve environmental performance through design? In these simple and practical tips, you will learn more about quick and easy ways to perform an Eco Audit, and how to explore 'what if scenarios' early-on (when changes cost least but matter most). Download your free copy to discover how you can not only begin to deliver on eco design, but can actually enhance innovation and reduce costs.

About Granta

Granta Design are the materials information technology experts, and a spin-off from the University of Cambridge. Founded in 1994, Granta has grown to be the world leader in materials information technology, with customers in hundreds of top engineering enterprises and universities. Granta co-founder Professor Mike Ashby is a world authority on eco design, following many years of active research in the area, including the recent publication of the book MATERIALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT - ECO-INFORMED MATERIALS CHOICE.

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