Sustainable Solutions: Developing Products and Services for the Future

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Sustainable Solutions: Developing Products and Services for the Future

Toughening environmental legislation, national and supra-national environmental product policies and growing customer demands are focusing the attention of companies on the environmental and broader social issues linked to the creation and delivery of their products and services. There is now a need for appropriate management structures, practical tools and increased awareness among all stakeholders in the product development process and throughout the entire product lifestyle. These issues have implications for corporate management, design and production strategies. This book provides both analysis and case studies on why and how companies are developing new products and services to fit "triple-bottom-line" expectations. The book is split into four sections. First, the broad issues of business sustainability are examined with a focus on sustainable production and consumption and consideration of North-South issues. Second, the book tackles the major methodologies and approaches toward organizing and developing more sustainable products and services. Third, a collection of global case studies highlights the progress made by a wide range of companies toward dematerialization, eco-innovation and design for durability. Finally, the book collects together a comprehensive set of literature, resources and addresses of useful organizations. Practical and comprehensive, "Sustainable Solutions" should be of use to corporate managers, product designers, R&D staff, academics and all individuals interested in knowing how new product and service development can and is contributing toward tackling the challenge of sustainable development.

 

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