Design for Environment (DfE) is the systematic application of environmental and human health considerations at the product design stage. With a strong focus at the design stage, we can avoid or minimise significant environmental impacts and increase resource efficiency at all stages of a product’s life cycle – raw material extraction and processing, innovation, design, development, manufacturing, packaging and distribution, product use, and end-of-life.Three key approaches shape the framework and practice of eco-design:
We use the term Design when talking about Design for Environment throughout this website. In this broader sense, we implicitly include the innovation function as well; that is, that most of the guidance can be applied to the innovation process as well.
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