Sustainable Product Design

  • Martin Charter


The first part of the chapter gives an overview of the concept of sustainable development. Then various definitions of environmentally-conscious product design are examined, with a discussion over the links between the ‘Design for Environment’ (DIE) or eco-design and Industrial Ecology.


Sustainable Consumption Industrial Ecology Sustainable Design Brundtland Report Sustainable Product Design 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Charter
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  1. 1.The Center for Sustainable DesignUK

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