:: Specific Design Brief
LU 1: COLLECTING MORE
PRODUCT DESIGN UK
GENERIC DESIGN CONTEXT
It has been recommended for many years that reducing, reusing and recycling
provide many opportunities for environmental improvements in our own and
other countries and in product manufacture. Design and make a product that
uses at least one of these three criteria.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
New targets are soon to be introduced for the recycling and recovery of
packaging waste. Although it is likely to be possible to meet the plastic
recycling target for 2006 from industrial waste sources, more metal and glass
will have to be extracted from the domestic waste stream. Design an appropriate
separation and storage system for household use.
Eventually all householders in the UK will be required to play a part in
recycling. The product must therefore be suitable for a wide range of households
from city dwellers in flats and high density housing to rural situations. The
product should be designed with local UK manufacture in mind, although it is
recognised that current economic pressures tend to drive manufacturing to areas
with lower labour costs, e.g. the Far East.
Your first point of contact will be Loughborough University. Initially contact
Eddie Norman (email
E.W.Norman@lboro.ac.uk or by phone 01509-222659).
• Reducing the quantity of materials entering landfill sites can significantly
reduce the environmental impact of people in the UK.
• The manufacture of an appropriately designed unit would provide worthwhile
• Local manufacture of the product would provide employment in the UK and reduce
transportation costs – both economic and environmental – associated with the
• Using recycled materials reduces the extraction of raw materials and hence
decide to work on this design brief, don't forget to consider the issues of
sustainability in the different phases of your designing and making.
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