DITP_ePub.xhtml by Nathan Shedroff

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CHAPTER 11

It’s not enough anymore to simply design better, more durable products. In order to be truly sustainable, solutions need to both last longer and have a life after their normal use period. Not every product can be reused as something other than its original design, but many could, if their designers only considered this possibility in the development process.

Like extending product life, designing products to have uses past their normal, intended use keeps their materials outside of the waste stream. Reusing a product’s materials (such as components or waste) is one approach. For example, could a used tire be put to use in better ways than burning? However, reusing a product ...

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