:: Specific Design Brief
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 criteria.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
Shopping bags are currently an unresolved problem. The Co-op have recently
introduced disposable bags using biodegradable plastic and plastic bags have
been banned altogether in Ireland. Evaluate current and past shopping bag
designs and redesign an environmentally sound solution.
Everybody goes shopping and so everyone is in a sense your client. We should not
be feeling guilty about the environmental damage we cause when we go shopping,
because we should have found better solutions to the issues associated with
shopping bags by now. Shoppers, retailers, wildlife and all those who care about
the environment will celebrate effective answers to this problem.
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 successful products would provide worthwhile employment .
• Local manufacture of the product would provide employment in the UK and reduce
transportation costs – both economic and environmental – associated with the
• Reusing materials reduces the extraction of raw materials, reduces mining and
hence supports biodiversity.
If you 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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