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Our impact on the environment arises from the post-industrial revolution development model, based largely on the growth factor which brings several adverse side effects. It is an impact that, due to the pressure and influence it exerts on the natural system on which we are a part, brings disastrous consequences for human society itself. This impact is closely linked to patterns of consumption and production of contemporary society.

Knowing that the products profile is mainly outlined in the design phase and aware of the framework of sustainable consumption and production policies that has been developed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (2002), this research aims to contribute, through the design activity, to change the paradigm of production.

The research will take an approach focusing on a single sector of activity - home furniture made of wood - and will be based on a cross analysis of information from previous works in ecodesign tools and processes, from the analysis of the Portuguese furniture industry, from the study of sustainability criteria and the evaluation of how to incorporate these criteria in the product development process.

The aim is to create design tools and information, optimized for this sector, to help designers and industry in the product development process, fostering the creation of more sustainable products and bringing benefits to business and to all parties involved, contributing to a practical approach for sustainable design that can be extrapolated to other areas of activity.



Sustainable design;
Design Methods;
Furniture Industry;
Product Life Cycle.




“Sustainability can only be achieved through a better design."
Edwin Datschefski
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