:: Specific Design Brief
REUSING MATERIALS - AVOIDING LANDFILL
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 those criteria.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
Reusing materials as they are is generally a better option than recycling
materials, because recycling requires additional processing. Identify a material
that is entering the waste stream in significant quantities and design a product
that can reuse this material.
It is possible to think of this brief just in terms of benefiting the
environment, but in the very near future many companies and Local Authorities
will have targets to meet concerning the avoidance of unnecessary use of
landfill. The number of available landfill sites is declining, landfill taxes
are rising and the targets which companies must meet become more challenging
every year. Your Local Authority and companies near you may well be able to
identify materials that are particular associated with you local industry.
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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