GREEN DESIGN

WHAT CAN YOU DO?      
Green Design is a growing trend within the fields of architecture,
landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning,
engineering, graphic design, industrial design, interior design and
fashion design.

Your students can consider many aspects of
Green Design in the
classroom as they design and produce solutions in most of their
activities. In many cases, it does not require thinking of new
activities - it probably means
re-thinking the current activities
that they do.

For example, most students, at some stage, are required to
design
PACKAGING     
Green Design means that, as they design the packaging, they
may consider
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        reduction in weight / volume / size  
        recycled / recycleable materials  
        renewable materials  
        re-usable packaging
*  
        the disposal of the packaging  

        * However, re-usable containers require a lot of energy to
          transport and to clean for reuse

SOME ACTUAL EXAMPLES
A company has introduced rigid tubes for their toothpaste that
can be shipped and displayed on shelves without boxes

A company plans to cut the plastics in its water bottles by 7
percent over the next five years, just by tweaking the shape of
the bottle and the cap

A beauty products company is expected to soon roll out a menâ
€™s care line that is packaged in bottles made of 95 percent
recycled materials

Another company has saved 20 million pounds (9 million
kilograms) of paper in the last five years by using narrower labels
on many bottles

HOW MUCH WASTE IS THERE?
As great as a product may be, without packaging many in-store
purchases wouldn't happen. However, the flip side to packaging
is that it accounts for 33% of our solid municipal waste in our
landfills (
information from USA). Our packaging is made of paper,
plastic, foam, aluminium and glass. Much of this could be reused
or recycled (
only 30% actually does) but instead lies forever in our
community dumps.
Every year Americans throw away:
        5,190,000 tons of glass beer and soda bottles
        4,200,000 tons of plastic wrap and bags
        3,650,000 tons of junk mail
        970,000 tons of plates and cups
        830,000 tons of beer and soda cans
        450,000 tons of milk cartons

Should our design work end up in the trash?
What message does that send? Shouldn't our work do better?
Not only should it sell the product, but in turn not burden future
generations with increasing waste

Design for reuse, minimal waste, or using safe natural
resources that biodegrade and provide nutrients for the soil.

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Managed and created by
design
Packaging offers major opportunities
for reducing energy use and greenhouse
gases, and for significantly reducing
the enormous amount of materials that
now ends up in landfills
Many of the easy changes to packages have
already been made. Beverage cans are much
lighter than they were 10 years ago, and most
use recycled aluminium. Deodorants are
rarely packed in separate boxes now.
Shipping cartons contain large percentages
of recycled fibre.
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ARE YOU DOING
INTRODUCTION

What can you do?
PACKAGING

GRAPHIC DESIGN

PRODUCT DESIGN

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN