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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
• 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
Moreover: Clear labeling of recyclable parts ME4211 Development of Green Products 3 UPK / MECH ...
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- Winter '11
- green products, green aspects