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The evolution of ecodesign

Roy, Robin (1994). The evolution of ecodesign. Technovation, 14(6) pp. 363–380.

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Product designs evolve and change over long periods of time, through phases of experimentation, consolidation and maturity, followed by further innovation or by decline. The examples used to illustrate this process of evolution are innovations in environmentally responsible ‘green’ products (or ecodesigns) in the areas of bicycles, automobiles, housing, lighting, washing machines and wave energy technology. The article argues that, to have significant environmental benefits, such green products will have to evolve from experimental designs into mature products and outlines some of the factors affecting the rate and extent of ecodesign evolution.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1994 Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN: 0166-4972
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 28440
Depositing User: Robin Roy
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 15:55
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 05:27
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