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A sustainable business designs its products and services by visioning long term and drawing up an action plan with input from as many stakeholders as possible. Asking tough questions far beyond the current state of your business, the environment it will operate in and the customers it will serve in the future often leads down surprising new paths of innovation. More customers will demand higher quality, more efficient and safer products which are made in a responsible way and which can be either reused or recycled. Sustainable product design needs to consider the following:

Innovate considering the raw materials used to manufacture your products. Raw materials are gaining in value as they are in demand by more people than ever. In some cases such as rare earth metals, supply is already beginning to be restricted by certain jurisdictions. Consideration should be given to the following:

Where will our raw materials come from in the future and is our supply secure?
What will our raw materials cost and will we be able to pass on those costs to our customers?
What is the complexity of our raw material matrix and can we simplify it?
What alternatives do we and our customers have?
How safe are our current raw materials?
Can we recover usable raw materials from our products once their product life has ended?

Design with the environment in mind. What impact are our products having on the environment? Beyond the hazards of many common conventional materials, a growing number of modern products use innovative raw materials which have been genetically altered or use nanotechnology, both of whose impact on the environment are not fully understood or tested. This is not only important from compliance uncertainty and a liability stand point, but it really matters to all stakeholders that live in the environment affected by your products. A good sustainability plan audits your raw material inputs, product and waste outputs and should be assessing the risk of potential damage to life,not only during manufacture but also during use and once the product is recycled or disposed of.

Design for low energy use not only during the manufacture and distribution of your products but also for low energy use by your customer. Measuring total energy use and carbon footprint for your business is relatively easy and important to gain improvements. Measuring it and knowing it by product through its life cycle is substantially more difficult but can yield very important insight and lead to new directions in product development.

Develop high quality products that last longer, perform better, produce low waste during manufacture and may be remanufactured or easily recycled.

Need more inspiration? Checkout: Apple environment
Apple designs for the future with serious consideration for materials, energy, environment and safety in every product they create.