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Sustainable Product Innovation by Dariush Rafinejad

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CHAPTER 9

DESIGN FOR END-OF-LIFE MANAGEMENT: A ZERO-WASTE STRATEGY

In this chapter, we focus on the waste generated during the manufacturing and use of a product and discuss how to adopt and implement a zero-waste strategy. The zero-waste objective is essential to sustainable product development, even though it might seem unrealistic in view of current industrial practices. Realization of this objective requires leadership by private industry and the creation of a supportive regulatory regime by the public sector. Product suppliers must assume responsibility for the entire supply chain over the product life cycle, consider waste as a resource to be mined, and holistically design the product and manufacturing processes for zero waste. Government ...

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