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.
Contents Introduction: Professor Martin Charter, Co-ordinator, The Centre for Sustainable, Design, UK, and Ursula Tischner, Director, ec(o)ncept, Germany Section 1: Background of Sustainable Consumption and Production 1. Sustainable development: from catchwords to benchmarks and operational concepts Joachim H. Spangenberg, Vice-President, Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Germany 2. Rewiring global consumption: strategies for transformation Nick Robins, Director, Sustainable Markets Group, International Institute for Environmental and Development, UK, and Bas de Leeuw, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Consumption, United Nations Environment Programme, France 3. North-South/East-West Professor Roland Lentz, Director, Intercambio, Germany 4. Business sustainability: 'state of the art' Professor Peter James, University of Bradford, UK 5. Integrated Product Policy (IPP) and Environmental Product Policy (EPP) Professor Martin Charter, Alex Young, Aleksandra Kielkiewicz-Young and Inga Belmane, Co-ordinator, Researcher, Researcher and Associate, The Centre for Sustainable Design, UK Section 2: Sustainable and Eco-Product and -Service Development 6. Sustainable and eco-product development Ursula Tischner, Director, ec(o)ncept, Germany and Professor Martin Charter, Co-ordinator, The Centre for Sustainable Design, UK 7. The next Industrial Revolution Professor William McDonough, Architect, Co-founder, and Professor Michael Braungart, Chemist, Co-founder, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, USA 8. Sustainability and Services Walter R. Stahel, Director, The Product-Life Institute, Switzerland 9. Measuring sustainability in eco-design Dr Joseph Fiksel, Vice-President, Life-Cycle Management Group, Battelle Memorial Institute, USA 10. What sustainable solutions do SMEs prefer? Dr Carolien van Hemel, Project Manager Research, Atag Home Products, and Research Fellow, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands 11. Sustainable product development: a strategy for developing countries Dr Diego Masera, Manager, European Union's Micro-Enterprises Support Programme and Eco-Design Consultant, Kenya 12. Managing eco-design Professor Martin Charter, Co-ordinator, The Centre for Sustainable Design, UK 13. Towards a model for product-oriented environmental management systems (POEMS) Han Brezet, Professor, Design for Sustainability Programme, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, and Cristina Rocha, Researcher, National Institute of Engineering and Industrial Technology, Portugal 14. Tools for eco- and sustainable product design Ursula Tischner, Director, ec(o)ncept, Germany Green marketing 15. Dr Michael Jay Polonsky, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Marketing and Enterprise Group, School of Management, University of Newcastle, Australia Section 3: Case Studies 16. Maximising environmental quality through eco(re)design (EcoReDesignT, RMIT) John Gertsakis, Acting Director, Centre for Design, RMIT University, Australia 17. Telework and the triple bottom line (AT&T) Professor Dr Brad Allenby, Vice-President, Environment, Health and Safety, AT&T, and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, USA, and Deanna Richards, Consultant, USA 18. The unpredictable process of implementing eco-efficiency strategies (Philips) Professor Dr Jacqueline Cramer, Director, Cramer Environmental Consultancy and Professor of Environmental Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands, and Professor Dr Ab Stevels, Design for Sustainability Section, Technical University of Delft, and Senior Advisor, Environmental Competence Center, Philips Consumer Electronics 19. Environmental technologies and their business drivers (Sony) Andrew Baynes, Christian Ridder and Dr Lutz-Gunther Scheidt, Assistant Manager, Project Manager and Director, Environment Center Europe, Sony International (Europe) GmbH, Germany 20. Awareness: sustainability by industrial design (Electrolux) Philip Thompson, Environmental Design Co-ordinator, Electrolux Industrial Design Centre, UK, and Chris Sherwin, Researcher, Eco Innovations Group, Cranfield University, UK 21. Resource management and sustainable product design at the Kambium Furniture Workshop Holger Rohn, Director, Trifolium, and Freelance Researcher, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany, and Angelika von Proff-Kesseler, Manager and Owner, Kambium Furniture Inc., Germany 22. Manufactum: sustainability as an elementary part of the marketing concept Uli Burchardt, Member, Executive Board, Manufaktum Hoof & Partner KG, Germany 23. Hess Natur is acting for the world of tomorrow: resource management in the textile chain Dipl. Ing. Katharina Paulitsch, Hess Natur-Textilien GmbH, Germany 24. The development of Climatex Lifecycle, a compostable, environmentally sound upholstery fabric (Rohner Textil) Albin Kalin, Managing Director, Rohner Textil AG, Switzerland 25. Slow consumption for sustainable jobs: the example of hand-crafted shoes Christine Ax, Institut fur Produktdauerforschung, Germany Micro enterprises, lay design and sustainable innovation 26. 27. Dr Luiz E.C. Guimaraes, Head, Design and Sustainable Development Group, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil, and Dr Fred Steward, Director, Innovation Research Centre, Aston Business School, UK Carving in Kenya Dr Diego Masera, Manager, European Union's Micro-Enterprises Support Programme and Eco-Design Consultant, Kenya List of related web resources
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.