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Modeling an Innovative Green Design Method for Sustainable Products

Department of Industrial Design, Tunghai University, Taichung City 40704, Taiwan
Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3351; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083351
Received: 14 March 2020 / Revised: 14 April 2020 / Accepted: 17 April 2020 / Published: 20 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
Global warming and climate change are currently the world’s most pressing issues. The causes are the results of people pursuing a better quality of life and a material civilization. Thus, if the concept of green design can be applied when designing and manufacturing products, it will greatly reduce the environment impact of such production. This paper addresses a novel green design method based on the extension theory and concept of Green DNAs, which embraces the concepts of green technology, green material, and green manufacturing. The proposed method can provide designers with a decomposing–recomposing approach with rigorous logic and deduction processes for transforming general products into green products. It can also facilitate the use of green modular approaches in product design and improve product disassembly to raise the value added by product recycling. It offers companies concrete guidance and detailed steps to apply in green product design. Finally, a practical green product design of a medical air purifier is demonstrated to validate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method. View Full-Text
Keywords: green design method; extension theory; Green DNAs; green modular; sustainable product green design method; extension theory; Green DNAs; green modular; sustainable product
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