:: Specific Design Brief

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

LU 6: 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.

CLIENT DETAILS
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).

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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