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Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 409-424; doi:10.3390/su1030409
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Design for Sustainability: Current Trends in Sustainable Product Design and Development

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1 United Nations Environment Programme, Department of Technology, Industry and Economics, 15 rue Milan, 75441 Cedex 09, Paris, France 2 Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre, 4th floor, C10 Building, Hanoi University of Technology, DHBKHN, Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi, Vietnam 3 Delft University of Technology, Industrieel Ontwerpen, Room 1A-40, Landbergstraat 15, 2628CE Delft, The Netherlands
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 7 July 2009 / Accepted: 3 August 2009 / Published: 4 August 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Forum for Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

The Design for Sustainability (D4S) concept outlines methodologies for making sustainable improvements (social, economic and environmental) to products by applying elements of life cycle thinking. D4S builds on the work of ecodesign to include economic and social concerns, and its methodology includes both incremental and radical innovation. The United Nations Environment Programme and the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in concert with key partners, work to support, illustrate, and diffuse targeted D4S demonstration efforts, including the European Commission-funded Cleaner Production for Better Products project in Vietnam, that are needed to change unsustainable consumption and production patterns.
Keywords: ecodesign; Cleaner Production; Design for Sustainability; Product-Service Systems; developing countries; D4S; green products; sustainable innovation ecodesign; Cleaner Production; Design for Sustainability; Product-Service Systems; developing countries; D4S; green products; sustainable innovation
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Clark, G.; Kosoris, J.; Hong, L.N.; Crul, M. Design for Sustainability: Current Trends in Sustainable Product Design and Development. Sustainability 2009, 1, 409-424.

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