‘Find a definition of sustainability that relates to your own area of practice, referencing a reputable source i.e. an industry body, journal or other publication. Please print the definition, noting the source and bring it with you. Work as a group to analyse and critically evaluate each definition.’
– This was the task set for the afternoon session this week. I was paired with a fine artist to discuss and evaluate what we’d found. Firstly, the way in which we both went about completing this task was quite different but interesting. I firstly found the definition of ‘sustainable product design’ and then went on to find some examples of sustainability being implemented in product design. This methological approach probably stems from the design process we tent to follow as product designers whereas the fine artist I was paired with chose to explore different definitions of sustainability and the meaning of what it is to be sustainable and chose the one she deemed most appropriate to her. We figured that this was because fine artists explore a range of materials and inspirations to use and then tend to pick a couple in order to come up with their own artwork. We still shared the information that we’d found but, I thought how we’d subconsciously related how we’d gone about completing the task to our own practices was most interesting.
‘Sustainable products are those products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal.’ – Google definition
Sustainable Product Design in Pictures – https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/gallery/sustainable-product-design-in-pictures