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Extending the Life Cycle of Under-Utilized Urban Scrap Through Sustainable Design Approach

Extending the Life Cycle of Under-Utilized Urban Scrap Through Sustainable Design Approach

Year: 2011

Section: Eco-Design, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for Sustainbility

Editor: Chakrabarti, A.

Author: Kumar ,Prakash; Chakrabarti,Debkumar

Section: Eco-Design, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for Sustainbility

Pages: 541-550

Abstract

The desire of urban population to acquire better products has lead to under utilization of in-use products and household goods like clothes, shoes, bags, etc, which finally turn into a usable waste. At one end, disposal of such scrap with incomplete product life cycle is now becoming a herculean task for the urban local bodies in India and on the other; there is a large population that is actually in need of these roducts to meet their basic requirements. The first part of paper examines the initiatives taken by some enterprises in India to bridge the gap between the two ends through sustainable design approach. The second part of the paper will be a critical appraisal of modus operandi of the present system being followed by the enterprises for the purpose.The paper, after discussing the challenges and opportunities for such organizations, will finally, concludes with some suggestions to make the system more effective and donor friendly through innovative use of the available technologies

Keywords: Design for Sustainability, System Design, Social Enterprise, Innovation

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Design is ubiquitous; it pervades almost all spheres of life, and has been around as long as life has taken up the task of purposefully changing the world around it. Research in design and the emergence of a research community in this area has been relatively new, its development influenced by the multiple facets of design (human, artefact, process, organisation, and the micro- and macro economy by which design is shaped) and the associated diversification of the community into those focusing on...

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