:: Specific Design Brief

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

LU 5: SHOPPING BAGS

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.

CLIENT DETAILS
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).

SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES
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 product.
Reusing materials reduces the extraction of raw materials, reduces mining and hence supports biodiversity.

FURTHER INFORMATION
ISSUES

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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