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In your own words describe what you understand by sustainability.

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Sarah Hurworth Sustainability In your own words describe what you understand what is meant by sustainability. The Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary definition of sustainability is - 'causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time'. My view of sustainability when concerned with the manufacture of products is that during manufacture, the materials used are abundant, their usage is able to be replaced or replenished by environmental management such as Forestry Commission tree planting etc. Waste products are kept to a minimum and any produced are non-toxic and can be disposed of safely or recycled. Any packaging must also be produced from materials that can be replaced or replenished. ...read more.


During the process of manufacturing waste products may be produced. Disposal of waste products must be carried out under strict government guidelines, which costs money, manufacturers would want as little waste products produced as possible to maintain their profits. Anything that would affect the sustainability for the manufacturer would consequently affect the designer because if the product is unsustainable he would not be able to sell his idea to the manufacturer. Consumers these days are becoming more aware of the environmental issues surrounding the production of goods, but also products that are readily available and can be easily replaced are in higher demand by consumers, sustainability of goods are therefore important to the consumer. ...read more.


- Manufacturing processes Will the production of my product cause pollution while being made or whilst any waste products are being disposed of, such as pollution from the use of electricity used in sawing the wood? - Packaging Will the production of packaging for my product cause more pollution and how can this be reduced? Is the packaging material made from recyclable or replenish able material? - Advertising Will advertising through the TV cause pollution buy the use of electricity, or if advertised in newspapers will the ink used cause pollution when disposed of. - Disposing Will the product be recyclable, biodegradable or if it is un recyclable how will the product be disposed of in the most environmentally sound way. ...read more.

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