Ecodesign means integrating environmental factors into the design process of all types of products, from toys, packaging, household appliances to industrial products like compressors. It requires life cycle thinking, with the environmental impact minimized at all stages of the product cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to end of use. Ecodesign is also a key to success in the transition to a circular economy model. The ecodesign rules of thumb are a guide to develop products that fit in the circular economy.
This unique book serves as a key guide for designers, organizations, governments, companies, or anybody else with an interest in a sustainable future, by addressing three main topics: First, ecodesign is explained for what it is and how it fits with the necessity for a sustainable planet. Second, ecodesign is shown to be a coherent and practical process with a plan and tools that can be used to provide solutions for the environmental challenges the world faces. Third, the impact of the ecodesign approach is elaborated for enterprises, governments, and consumers.
Both legislation and consumer pressure for more sustainable goods and services require industry and academia to come up with meaningful solutions that consider economic, societal, and environmental aspects alike. This book provides the necessary clarity and tools to assess current products and support and inspire design of new ones to minimize the environmental impact and improve the circularity.
Contents: * Necessity of Ecodesign * Emergence of Ecodesign and the Circular Economy Model * Design for X * Ecodesign Tools * Ecodesign in the Product Development Process * Stimulating Ecodesign * Ecodesign and Entrepreneurship * Ecodesign and Governance * Ecodesign and Consumers
Dr. Karine Van Doorsselaer is a senior lecturer in the Product Development department of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is an Ecodesign specialist and is author of the book "Ecodesign: Ontwerpen voor een duurzame en circulaire economie" in Dutch.
Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans is Director of the Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC), Director of the Institute of Applied Plastics Research, and Professor at the University of Applied Sciences (HEIA-FR) at Fribourg, Switzerland. He is also owner of Koopmans Consulting GmbH, located in Zürich, Switzerland, and is a former R&D Fellow at The Dow Chemical Company, with more than 40 years of international R&D and business experience in the plastics industry.