Sustainable Design Practices
Nature as a system Principles for redesign Cradle to Cradle design Case study – Interface How to redesign!
 
Only 6% is product! Manufacturing Process Raw Materials 6% Product 94% Waste 0% Waste US$33 trillion p.a. Natural systems ...
There is no  accumulation of waste in nature <ul><li>In living processes of nature, raw materials are used to produce ‘usa...
 
There is accumulation of waste … <ul><li>We tend to ignore the lessons that we have learnt from nature and treat resources...
Adapted from Forum for the Future’s ” Buying a Better World ” Linear  Supply Chain Systems Raw  materials extraction & pro...
<ul><li>What are the options for  </li></ul><ul><li>reducing waste... </li></ul><ul><li>And saving money? </li></ul>
Cyclic Hierarchy
Cradle to Cradle (C2C) <ul><li>It models human industry on nature's processes in which materials are viewed as nutrients c...
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    1. 1. Sustainable Design Practices
    2. 2. Nature as a system Principles for redesign Cradle to Cradle design Case study – Interface How to redesign!
    3. 4. Only 6% is product! Manufacturing Process Raw Materials 6% Product 94% Waste 0% Waste US$33 trillion p.a. Natural systems Copyright © BusinessLAB Ltd 2008
    4. 5. There is no accumulation of waste in nature <ul><li>In living processes of nature, raw materials are used to produce ‘usable goods for the system’ and ‘waste’ is continually broken down and reconstructed into new resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Waste from one organism is a resource for another </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oxygen is waste from plants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carbon dioxide is waste from animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dead plants and animals become food for bacteria and fungi and for other animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bacteria and fungi help plants to decompose and give off carbon dioxide that then feed plants </li></ul></ul>Copyright © The Natural Step
    5. 7. There is accumulation of waste … <ul><li>We tend to ignore the lessons that we have learnt from nature and treat resources in a linear rather than cyclic way. In contrast to nature, most modern human economic systems are linear, not cyclic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources ->Products ->Rubbish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… due to human economic systems. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our economic system recognises very few of the ‘costs’ of waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Waste is an ‘externality’. </li></ul>
    6. 8. Adapted from Forum for the Future’s ” Buying a Better World ” Linear Supply Chain Systems Raw materials extraction & processing Manufacturing Transportation Use Disposal Minerals, timber, oil, water, electricity, fossil fuels, pesticides, labour, land $ etc Heavy metals, greenhouse gases, persistent chemicals, dioxins, landfill waste, traffic congestion, illness, $ etc
    7. 9. <ul><li>What are the options for </li></ul><ul><li>reducing waste... </li></ul><ul><li>And saving money? </li></ul>
    8. 10. Cyclic Hierarchy
    9. 11. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) <ul><li>It models human industry on nature's processes in which materials are viewed as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. </li></ul><ul><li>Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not just efficient but essentially waste free. </li></ul><ul><li>An alternative to the linear cradle to grave model we currently follow. </li></ul><ul><li>In China, whole cities are being built with this theme in mind. To find out more about C2C watch http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design.html (20 mins) </li></ul>

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