Smart design for sustainable and circular solutions
The way in which products and systems are designed is key to addressing sustainability challenges such as climate change, plastic waste, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion. Using lifecycle thinking and a holistic approach is key to minimizing the environmental impact of the products that we use every day. The design of sustainable products is a multi-criteria and multi-parameter optimization in which many aspects need to be considered, such as the targeted markets and consumers, the manufacturing process and the product end of life. A few practical examples will illustrate how a sustainable and circular design approach can make a difference.