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Toughening environmental legislation, national and supra-national environmental product policies and growing customer demands are focusing the attention of companies on the environmental and broader social issues linked to the creation and delivery of their products and services. There is now a need for appropriate management structures, practical tools and increased awareness among all stakeholders in the product development process and throughout the entire product lifestyle. These issues have implications for corporate management, design and production strategies. This book provides both analysis and case studies on why and how companies are developing new products and services to fit "triple-bottom-line" expectations. The book is split into four sections. First, the broad issues of business sustainability are examined with a focus on sustainable production and consumption and consideration of North-South issues. Second, the book tackles the major methodologies and approaches toward organizing and developing more sustainable products and services. Third, a collection of global case studies highlights the progress made by a wide range of companies toward dematerialization, eco-innovation and design for durability. Finally, the book collects together a comprehensive set of literature, resources and addresses of useful organizations. Practical and comprehensive, "Sustainable Solutions" should be of use to corporate managers, product designers, R&D staff, academics and all individuals interested in knowing how new product and service development can and is contributing toward tackling the challenge of sustainable development.
This remarkable book demonstrates that solutions are available and that innovative thinking, drawing from current technological changes, can lead to considerable improvements towards sustainability . . . Decisively, Sustainable Solutions approaches the elements of consumption and production in an integrated manner. With the adoption of a 'life-cycle economy' remaining as a considerable global challenge, this book shall carry us somewhat closer to a sustainable future.' Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Director, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, United Nations Environment Programme. 'This ambitious publication delivers -- both in terms of content and engaging the reader ... an excellent and informative review strongly recommended for anyone with responsibility for, or interest in, the area of sustainable product design.' Corporate Environmental Strategy. 'Sustainable Solutions serves as a general primer and a source of advanced thinking.' Warmer Bulletin.
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