DITP_ePub.xhtml by Nathan Shedroff

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CHAPTER 5

Anything developers can do to reduce the amount of materials and energy in a solution will reduce—sometimes dramatically—the impact it has on resources and the environment. Systematic reduction of toxic materials, careful engineering to reduce product size and weight, and reduction of waste and energy in the manufacturing process (where 80–90 percent of a product’s impact often occurs) can make a tremendous improvement in a solution’s sustainability. These gains compound as well. For example, a lighter product improves fuel efficiency and reduces waste exhaust everywhere it travels (if it’s shipped, trucked, or driven). Some solutions actually dematerialize ...

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