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Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by TES Resource Team, Jun 11, 2011.

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    TES Resource Team Occasional commenter Institute Enrolment Advisor

    Sustainability and sustainable products..........first thing we must do is seperate it from recycling, its not the same thing. Yes by recycling something we are able to "sustain" the use of the materials, but how many resouces,other associated materials and energy sources are lost in the process? Furthermore its listed as a "sustainable product", how can the "product" be sustainable if you keep on scrapping it every 6 months.
    " A new sustainable mobile phone which is 100% recyclable" No its not, the product has bulit in obsolescence by its very nature, so while its recyclable it is 100% not sustainable by the very fact that the Product will not be saved, repaired or sustained. It will be replaced and its materials may be used to produce the next phone.
    Here's one for you......A Ferrari that does 8 MPG is 100% more sustainable than a Toyota Prius which does 60 MPG........Think about it? A Ferrari will always have an inherent value,far exceeding the value of its raw materials, who would crush an F430 for the Aluminium on its door skins? Now its running round doing 8 MPG, but offset against the Toyota which has no value past 12 years use, will be crushed, recycled, rebuilt and so the cycle continues.
    Ofcourse the ultimate answer would be a product like the Toyota that does 60 MPG and is treasured, is not deemed worthless by marketing companies trying to sell you the next big thing, but who could love a Prius? Sorry, just a bit biased.
    How do you make a product sustainable, truly sustainable? Make it worth something, give it sound design values, make it relevant and really useful, follow dieter rams design rules and treasure it, buy once and buy right, thats sustainability.
    Spencer Herbert DT Advisor TES

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