As Cradle to Cradle makes clear, everything that goes into a product eventually comes back in some form. And it’s up to us, as engineers, to find more creative and eco-responsible ways to deal with it. Thinking of this from a lifecycle perspective, we need to consider the following.
• The impact of sourcing specific materials: Are the materials we’re using dangerous to create? Are emissions related to their manufacture? Can we use recycled materials?
• The safety aspects of products in use: Does the product contain dangerous chemicals? Is there any potential for hazardous emissions?
• The impact of materials ...