Examples of Best Practice in Sustainable Design

Eco-friendly Design

According to a definition given by the website all-recycling-facts.com, eco-friendly products are “products that do not harm the environment whether in their production, use or disposal”. In other words, these products help preserve the environment by significantly reducing the pollution they could produce. Eco-friendly products can be made from scratch, or from recycled materials. This kind of product is easily recognizable as it is, in most cases, labelled as such.

Some people think that it requires lot of time, effort and money to make a home eco-friendly. The truth is that there are lot of eco-products that you can start using right now which can help you to reduce waste and make this planet a better place to live. Eco-products are also known as environment friendly products or green products as they cause minimal harm to people and the environment.

Steam Cleaners

Although primarily designed for making people’s lives easier as a consumer product, steam cleaners have a claim to be eco-friendly. Cleaning products are hugely impacting on the environment, for their high quantity of packaging and the chemicals they contain. There are thousands of chemicals in common use and many have not been tested for safety, though the effects of many are known. They may pollute streams and rivers and may take a long time to degrade into harmless products. Some may not break down at all but may persist in the environment. These may enter the food chain, being eaten by aquatic creatures and perhaps eventually by us. Steam cleaners offer an equally potent germ neutralising effect without the necessity for any harsh chemicals. Although I could not find a specific company making a fully eco-friendly model (recycled materials, specifically long lasting product, energy saving etc) the simple deduction of bleaches from a household and therefore the environment is a major improvement.


Grocery Delivery Services

Across the UK and many other countries, many supermarkets are rolling out shopping delivery services. Tescos, Sainsburys, Asda and many more allow people to shop online and have their produce delivered at a specified time. This is ingenious in my opinion as it is in every manner, sustainable. It reduces car use, with one van delivery dozens of shopping orders. It reduces waste, as most companies provide plastic boxes to house the produce which are returned on the next delivery thus negating the need for plastic bags. And it reduces the necessary size of a given supermarket store, which is a huge energy consumer. With lighting, heating, frozen food sections and huge quantities of perishable food items which inevitably leads to a proportion of food remaining unsold and being disposed of. The advantages to the company also include a greater market share as customers are drawn to a company that provides for their needs with minimal effort on their part. Tesco is my prime example of best practice in this area as they have made efforts to run their vehicles on biofuel since 2006. link


Reusing Materials

This last example is less a product but not one officially created by a company. I remember a while back watching an episode of Top Gear in which they traveled to Uganda. In one town they come across sitting among a pile of old worn out car tires. This man made a living by re-purposing these tires and cutting them into sandals by hand. Rubber is an extremely energy consuming material to recycle properly and resurfacing old and worn tires is not a worth while endeavor so this method of reuse is an excellent practice as it is zero emission using only waste products.

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Author: David Rothwell

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