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Preparing the future: eco-design to e-co-innovation

Eco-design is considered as a complex process and perceived as a constraint by companies. Yet it aims to balance ecological and economic requirements in product development.

The new way of thinking is more global – this is to reduce the environmental impact throughout the life cycle of a product, preserving the objectives of competitiveness, quality and time-to-market. The activity of design, which is already a multidisciplinary field involving a large number of tools and a wealth of knowledge, must now integrate environmental aspects. A recent study has shown that companies engage in a process of eco-design mainly under the pressure of regulation, with the strong involvement of leaders, a clear corporate policy, and brand image and customer satisfaction.

Issues and motivations

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The development of methods and design tools is influenced by many factors such as trends, laws, standards and technological developments.

Eco-design is the result of awareness about the state of the planet, threatened by the multiple crises: financial, increase in C02 emissions, “peak oil”, resource depletion, deforestation, climate change, population growth…