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Sustainable Product Innovation by Dariush Rafinejad

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CHAPTER 3

SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORKS AND INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY

The state of the art in product innovation, development, and commercialization comprises many excellent strategies and tools.1 However, these practices are optimized to serve the goal of maximizing return on investment in products within the framework of prevalent business practices. The state of the art must be amended for development of sustainable products. The purpose of this chapter is to review several guidelines and methodologies for designing sustainable products and services. Many of them are based on the principles of industrial ecology and systems approach in design, which are the foundation of the design-for-sustainability (DfS) methodology.

Industrial ecology (IE) is defined ...

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