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Re-use old components in new product
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-10-11 06:16:29 UTC
Machines are designed for easy disassembly and contain fewer parts. Parts are durable – designed for multiple product life cycles. Coded with instructions on how to dispose, the parts are also easy to reuse or recycle. As a result, equipment returned to …
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Creating a new market; products of recycled "waste"
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-09-21 06:29:45 UTC
Flex/the Innovationlab helped We Beat the Mountain with their go-to-market strategy and product design. We Beat the Mountain: VISION We Beat The Mountain is an organization, a symbol and a worldwide movement. We aim to reduce the trash mountains …
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Beyond Design farewell talk of professor Prabhu Kandachar
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-09-16 08:29:57 UTC
Prabhu Kandachar has been, on and off, working at Delft Technical University for over 20 years. And 10 years at my old company Fokker Aircraft. Mainly at material developments but the last years developing design for the Bottom of the Piramid. If you are …
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Ceres publishes a, free, supplier self-assesment questionaire to improve supply chain sustainability
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-09-13 07:42:06 UTC
In order to effectively manage the sustainability impact, environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts, of an organisation one needs to and make sure they manage their impacts accordingly. Engaging suppliers and integrating the sustainability elements …
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Thin doors with frame; Reducing material
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-09-12 15:55:08 UTC
Many years of research into materials and their limits of resistance have permitted Valcucine to gauge the structures of its products down to the essential to create objects that are the utmost expression of design based on a minimum consumption of raw …
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Creating sustainable value: Panasonic talks but does it deliver?
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-09-06 06:43:37 UTC
The IFA Berlin, on of the worlds biggest appliances fairs is coming to an end today. And how about sustainability in the latest offerings. Not bad in general, all major manufactures spend time on it and if you compare the offerings with those of 15 year …
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Water bottled in PET 50% more sustainable than in glass with long transport lines
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-09-04 09:58:41 UTC
A few years ago, while living in Shanghai, I stood in a supermarket to buy sparkling water. Since not many chinese like to drink the stuff, they also are hardly producing it. And for one reason or the other at that point in time there was no LaoShan water …
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Knowledge platform for sustainable fashion
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-08-31 11:02:29 UTC
Each business has its own sustainability challenges. Fabric and garment industries have been active in making their business more sustainable . Made by hase developed tools to help the industry …
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Design for behaviour change
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-08-21 17:07:29 UTC
Design for behaviour change of Marko Goller is one of the German shortlisted concepts in the James Dyson Award 2012. The entrants were researching whether the design of products can change our behaviour towards being more sustainable towards planet …
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Life Cycle Analysis e-reader vs printed books
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-08-17 17:13:42 UTC
Personally I love the smell of freshly printed books. Yes, I know it’s chemicals I smell and that they are unhealthy. But I adapted and switched to reading my books electronically (on my mac and ipod, there is a limit to the number of gadgets you can carry …

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