Conscious Connection is proud to announce the launch of our brand new Eco Design column as a part of our ongoing Creative Home Living Report series. We’ve lined up some amazing interviews and contributions from top thought leaders in Eco Design and Sustainable Development.
We’ve done our homework on this topic and have also forged strong partnerships with some of the top organizations in Green Design and Sustainable Products. Our goal is to provide you, our reader, with amazing inspiration and action oriented advice to help our world make the transition to an eco-friendly and sustainable society.
The concept of Eco Design refers to the design of a product with special environmental consideration over the course of its life cycle. The life cycle of a product is typically defined as procurement, manufacture, use, and disposal. As we seek to shift our world to a more sustainable society, Eco Design will continue to be at the forefront of propelling this movement forward.
In order to achieve true long term sustainability, it is important that Eco Design is approached from a holistic and integrated perspective. This is where it is vital that many different disciplines work together on developing a cohesive Eco Design strategy. For instance, Eco Design requires representation from advanced development, design, production, marketing, purchasing and product management to ensure the best chance of predicting the true environmental impacts of a particular product.
It is also crucial to successful Eco Design that we take various environmental impacts into account such as: consumption of resources, emissions to air, land and water, as well as waste byproducts and miscellaneous impacts such as noise and vibration. When sourcing the materials for a particular product we must also be conscious of whether or not the materials are locally sourced. The use of local raw materials significantly reduces the environmental impact costs of shipping, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions generated from transportation.
As Eco Design continues to evolve, the future is indeed looking bright. Such things as off-grid homes and communities will begin to emerge with more wide-spread adoption and innovation. Cities will also have buildings that grow their own food and generate their own energy. There is truly no limit to the Eco Design potential of the human imagination!
Be sure to stay tuned to Conscious Connection as we continue to evolve this column and bring you additional insight from the leaders in the Sustainability and Eco Design movement.