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Environmental considerations have, in recent years, become increasingly important within Design of consumer products. With reference to two dissimilar Product ranges, explain why true?

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Environmental considerations have, in recent years, become increasingly important within Design of consumer products. With reference to two dissimilar Product ranges, explain why true? Environmental considerations in recent years have become a major factor within the design of consumer products, due to concerns of particular products driven by the human use in excessive amounts. I feel this highlights one particular product range which has an effect on the present world we live in today dramatically, cars. There was large concern during the '60s about the effect caused by cars on the environment, however this worry has reappeared. A whole new era of super-efficient cars and automobiles may arise due to another worldwide wave of government regulations. Bringing concern to Automakers and as a result preparing for a modify in their products. William Clay Ford Jr., who becomes chairman of Ford in January, predicts an era of environmental issues and state that will "swell to undreamed-of heights" during the 21st century. He feels that smart automakers will prosper by anticipating the movement towards cleaner and environmentally friendly vehicles. The new ecological push is being driven largely by concerns about global warming caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. ...read more.


Can accumulate and persist in human fatty tissues and breast milk. * Sodium hypochlorite o Found in: Chlorine Bleach o Corrosive o Lung, skin, and eye irritant o Household bleach is the most common cleaner accidentally swallowed by children. o If mixed with ammonia or acid-based cleaners (including vinegar), releases highly toxic chloramine gas. Short-term exposure to chloramine gas may cause mild asthmatic symptoms or more serious respiratory problems. * Petroleum distillates o May be found in: Metal Polishes o Short-term exposure can cause temporary eye clouding; longer exposure can damage the nervous system, skin, kidneys, and eyes. * Nitrobenzene o May be found in: Furniture and Floor Polishes o Can cause shallow breathing, vomiting, and death o associated with cancer and birth defects * Formaldehyde o Also Known As: formalin, urea, phenol formaldehyde, methanal, methylene oxide, oxymethyline, methylaldehyde, and oxomethane o May be found in: Paints, coatings and cosmetics (used as a preservative;) Glues used in particleboard and plywood furniture; Nail Enamels o It is one of the large family of chemical compounds called volatile organic compounds o Low levels of formaldehyde can cause eye, nose, throat, and skin irritation. ...read more.


Still, it's the bottles and jars that we throw away every day, not the light bulbs and dishes that make up most of our rubbish. People are encouraged to recycle glass bottles by the coloured recycling bins in many areas. There are these glass bins in nearly all tesco's and other major public areas. Competitions are held for certain areas along the East Anglia coats to see which area collects the most bottles to recycle, this is also apparent within primary schools, who ever collects the most recyclable bottles or material wins a computer for the school. This encourages recycling to take place. I also believe we need to recycle paper as we use this in excessive amounts. Paper is made from cellulose, which is in plant fibers. Cutting down trees and then grinding up trees and dumping the wood pulp in acid make the cellulose, and cutting down trees is not good for the plant for a number of reasons. But recycling uses cellulose over and over again. Recycled paper can be made with less electricity, with less water, with a lot less pollution, and it saves trees from being cut down. People are encouraged to recycle paper because its easy and they can do it themselves. ...read more.

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