Design affects product sustainability in multiple ways. Products with greenfield design for sustainability may use less material or replace high-footprint virgin materials with lower-impact recycled or biologically based alternatives. In industrial design, the product life cycle is a recurring term. The four stages of the product life cycle are manufacturing, transport, use, and disposal. This Cradle-to-Cradle concept imagines a new life for the product and its components once its current one ends. This involves designing product upcycling, recycling, or reuse possibilities for the product and/or its components as a part of the product design. In this approach, the products fit into a circular economy, which is a sustainable alternative to the linear economy model. So why aren’t we using this in the building & construction industry?
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