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dc.contributor.authorReay, SD
dc.contributor.authorMcCool, JP
dc.contributor.authorWithell, A
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-18T08:33:01Z
dc.date.available2011-08-18T08:33:01Z
dc.date.copyright2011
dc.date.issued2011-08-18
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Sustainable Development, vol.4(1), pp.36 - 44
dc.identifier.issn1913-9063
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/1764
dc.description.abstractThis research project explores the feasibility of a Cradle to Cradle approach to sustainable product design in New Zealand. A framework for sustainable design was proposed by environmental chemist Michael Braungart and architect William McDonough who suggest that the current paradigm of “cradle to grave” product development is unable to provide a solution to the world’s current ecological crisis, and a “cradle to cradle” framework is more appropriate. They suggest that their approach, based on examples from nature, ensures that all human activities have a positive ecological footprint, capable of replenishing and regenerating natural systems, as well as guaranteeing that we are able to develop a world that is culturally and ecologically diverse. A sample of New Zealand scientists were asked to explore the underlining science and feasibility of the Cradle to Cradle framework in an attempt to determine the potential of this approach for the design of sustainable products. Analysis of interview data indicated that sustainability is a complex and multi-faceted concept, especially with regard to the practical application of ecological considerations, and product design. There is considerable environmental and economic potential in the successful application of interdisciplinary collaboration between science and design when addressing the need for products that contribute to sustainable development.
dc.publisherCanadian Center of Science and Education (CCSE)
dc.relation.urihttp://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jsd/article/view/8190/6786
dc.rightsCopyright © Canadian Center of Science and Education 2011. Journal of Sustainable Development (JSD) is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by Canadian Center of Science and Education. The journal is published in both printed and online versions. The online version is free access and download.
dc.subjectCradle to Cradle design
dc.subjectSustainable design
dc.subjectScience and design
dc.subjectEcology
dc.subjectEcosystems
dc.titleExploring the feasibility of cradle to cradle (product) design: perspectives from New Zealand scientists
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess


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