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11- ME4211 - Enhancing green aspects of products:...

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Unformatted text preview: Enhancing green aspects of products: Durability • • Products that are more durable last longer Therefore, fewer products are required, which reduces impacts on the environment. Toner cartridges that are intended to be refilled many times should be built to be more durable. Even if its initial cost to the consumer is higher, it will pay for itself since the consumer purchases cartridges less frequently ME4211 Development of Green Products 1 UPK / MECH Enhancing green aspects of products: Repairability and upgradability Products that can be easily repaired or upgraded (e.g., easily replaceable parts) are usually better from an environmental viewpoint. Example: Computers require upgrading every few years. Instead of having to replace the entire computer, they can be designed such that the outer case and other elements can be retained, and upgraded parts (such as a new processor or CD-ROM drive) can be replaced. • ME4211 Development of Green Products 2 UPK / MECH Enhancing green aspects of products: Design for Recycling • • • • • When appropriate, products should be designed to be easily recycled after use. For example: Portable phones should be designed to allow the user to easily access and remove the rechargeable battery for recycling. The easier it is for the consumer to recycle, the more likely that recycling will occur. In addition: Products designed to be easily disassembled facilitate the recycling process by allowing different materials to be more easily separated. Moreover: Clear labeling of recyclable parts ME4211 Development of Green Products 3 UPK / MECH ...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ME ME4211 taught by Professor Dr.a.vyas during the Winter '11 term at NYU Poly.

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