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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874719438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874719434
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,214,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aimed at designers and those who teach them, this thorough, clearly laid out and practical guidebook will become an essential reference text for those interested in design and manufacturing."

"Designers and product developers looking for a primer on creating sustainable products will be grateful to Helen Lewis and John Gertsakis."

"The authors discuss strategies relating to each critical stage of product life, from raw materials selection to recovery and recycling. Energy and water efficiency are considered, as are the trade-offs implicit in the choice of eco-design strategies. The final chapter addresses emerging trends in DfE. The book is studded with illustrated case studies, most of them specific to particular product groups."

"Design + Environment should appeal beyond the design specialist to anyone interested in sustainable development. And that should be the entire product team, from designers and engineers to marketers and executives."

About the Author

Helen Lewis is Programme Manager, Sustainable Products and Product Systems, for the Centre for Design at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked as a Programme Manager on the EcoReDesign programme at RMIT, and is a co-author of Good Design, Better Business, Cleaner World: A Guide to EcoReDesign (Centre for Design at RMIT University, 1997). Prior to this she was Manager Industry Programmes at EcoRecycle Victoria, a state government agency with responsibility for waste minimisation and resource recovery. At EcoRecycle, she managed grant programmes to assist manufacturers with new product development and marketing, and co-ordinated strategies to increase recovery of recyclable materials. John Gertsakis is the Managing Director of Product Ecology Pty Ltd, a sustainability consulting group experienced in the development and delivery of tools, strategies and advice on EcoDesign and Product Stewardship. John has written widely on a range of issues related to the design, production and consumption of environmentally preferable products, including the Centre for Design's EcoReDesign Guide. He sits on the editorial board of The International Journal for Sustainable Product Design, and has authored, co-authored and edited several handbooks, reports and websites including: 'Connecting Innovation, Design and Sustainability: Real World Case Studies from the EcoReDesign Program' (2001); 'Appliance Reuse and Recycling: A Product Stewardship Guide' (1999); 'EcoSpecifier: A Guide to Sourcing Environmentally Preferable Materials' (1999); and 'Good Design, Better Business, Cleaner World: A Guide to EcoReDesign' (1997). Prior to Product Ecology, John was Head of the Centre for Design at RMIT University (1997-2001), where he continues to be involved as a Senior Research Associate. Tim Grant is the project manager for life-cycle assessment at the Centre for Design at RMIT University. He has experience applying LCA and other environ

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kilograham on September 26, 2007
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This book has some great resources for the product designer looking for guidance on sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of their work. There's a good coverage of looking at the life cycle of a product and approaches to analyzing a product. The sections on materials and their impact is good, but a bit basic: I was hoping for something with a wider range; this covers overall material categories (aluminum, steel, pvc, pteg, etc) and their pros and cons. It could go deeper here. Its a great book to read through in a day, and has some valuable insights. Print quality looks like a bad b&w photo copy, so for the high price that was a let down.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ivonteja on March 4, 2011
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I heard that the information in this book is really good and even more for me that I'm studying product design, but the only thing is that I order this product and I never received it, still waiting for it, that's only the bad part. I got to read some chapter from one of my classmate's book and I do recommend this reading.
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