Key Design Principles for Waste Prevention & Systems-Thinking
These key design principles highlight crucial techniques to prevent and reduce waste at each stage of design and development. Waste is designed out of the system while making decisions on material sourcing, production and sale, envisioning and optimizing use, and finding post-use solutions that promote resource recovery.
Planning for waste reduction and prevention looks at the entire cycle of use for a product or package.
The challenges of designing out waste extend beyond the design table, across sectors and supply chains. These Principles can be applied to new products ideas and redesigns, discussed in the boardroom and in the lab. Explore the principles by clicking through the table below, in the
Design Principles Infographic or the
Principles Checklist and Key Question.
To see these principles in action, visit the
Design Portfolio which features Canadian products and packaging that prioritize any number of these principles while also showing what a successful market solution looks like.