An Approach for Establishing Eco-Product Value Indicators
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Since there are more and more eco-products with the eco-label or claimed environmental information by the manufacturer in the market, consumers may wait for an “eco-product value index” instead of many lines of descriptive environmental information for claimed eco-products, which will help choose more environmental products with a clear quantitative indicator or a relative eco-label. As such, this study has applied multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) approach for establishing a framework of “eco-product value (EPV) indicators” which consists of value compositions and their attributes. TOPSIS can provide an applicable method for ranking design alternatives in terms of their overall performance with respect to EPV indicators. An experimental study on environment-friendly office chair design with EPV has been conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach. These indicators are what we consider to be “headline indicators” that help us measure certain important aspects of sustainability for a specific eco-product category.
KeywordsEco-product Eco-product value Eco-product value indicator MCDM
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