Product Ecology

Lecture Week 5 on 25/6/16 by Mariano Ramirez

What’s possible? 

Seriously, watch this, and tell everyone you know to watch it as well. Share it on social media. It’s a great little video to introduce the need for sustainability and start a discussion.

(3 minutes long and narrated by Morgan Freeman!!)


The ecodesign strategy wheel:

lifecycle for web

“The following presentations in PDF are free for educational and non-commercial use only. These presentations supplement the Okala Practitioner printed guide and contain essential information from corresponding chapters. Some presentations have content not in the guide, and much of the detailed information in the Okala Practitioner guide is not included in the corresponding presentations.”

  1. Design for innovation
  2. Reduced material impacts
  3. Manufacturing innovation
  4. Develop reusable packaging systems
  5. Design to reduce behaviour and use impacts
  6. System longevity
  7. Transitional systems
  8. Design to optimise end of life

More information on these points is available in the presentations that can be found in the link above.

Ecological Design

“any form of design that minimizes environmentally destructive impacts by integrating itself with living processes.”

-Sim Van der Ryn

This next video is a little longer (8 minutes), but still good.

Plus this one here… (9 minutes long)

This one discusses technology upgrade and its social and environmental impact. PLEASE at least watch the first 3 minutes. It’s a very cute video.

G – gives people more power

O- opens people’s eyes to the truth of happiness

A- accounts for all the costs

L- lessens the enormous wealth gap


Further References

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