Ecodesign for durable goods
Durable products designed with sustainability considerations, or ecodesigned, offer many advantages both to the company and the environment. Ecodesign takes into account the full life-cycle of products, from conception to design and development, to construction, packaging and end-of-life considerations including reuse, reparation and/or recycling.
Significant savings can be achieved in raw materials, pre-products, operating resources and additives, as well as in water and energy use. The following aspects are key for resource-efficient products:
- Reducing component diversity: acquisition, material management, production engineering, manufacturing and services
- Employing lean processes and lightweight materials: reduce material and energy use, save on transport cost, etc.
- Recycled and secondary raw materials: reduce product carbon footprint, use substitute material, renewables and other materials suited to non-critical applications
- Extending product life-cycle: robust design and extended lifetime of individual components as well
- Designing for reparability: easily disassembled and assembled by the user or repair services, replaceable components available on the market
- Optimising production: eleminates unnecessary features, steps and process costs (see also lean and lightweight meterials)
- Rapid prototyping: incorporates new technolgies and techniques like 3D printing