OTHER USEFUL ACTIVITIES
One of the most important sustainability questions to ask in
designing and making is, ‘Is the product really needed?’ So,
understanding what needs are and how they are different to wants
is useful in deciding whether or not a product should be made
at all. Fulfilling human needs (link) is designed to develop
understanding of what different needs are and how students might
think about needs when undertaking a designing and making activity.
There have been several important changes in the law recently
that relate to sustainability for companies. Laws relating to
motor vehicles, electrical goods (especially those containing
CFCs like fridges) have meant that companies have to think about
their social, environmental and moral responsibilities much
more seriously now. More sustainable companies (link) is intended
to help students evaluate how responsible companies have been
in their sustainability policies.
Finally, although most students will quickly become familiar
with life cycle analysis they may need help relating this to
sustainability. By considering something as simple as the making
of a cup of coffee, Life Cycle Analysis shows that there are
environmental issues throughout the life cycle of the different
ingredients that make up a cup of coffee. A similar analysis
could be done to show economic and social issues.