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Designer Profile 2 – Paul Polak

By Lorrin Windahl. In my opinion, Paul Polak is a quiet achiever. His name may be more synonymous with sustainable design in the US, where the SRD movement is much larger, but here in Australia he is relatively unknown. So…

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Life Cycle Assessment Part 2: Reduce Your Product’s Environmental Impact

By Giles Matthews. Any well-adjusted person could quickly reason that by reducing a product’s environmental impact it will also correlate in sustainable financial benefits. And these benefits are unrelated to any environmental measures.  My job in the following short paragraphs…

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Bagasse – not just a waste material

By Chris Morrish For a long time sugarcane crop has been harvested purely for its sweet sucrose. But now, with the increased development into sustainable bio-fuels, such as bio-ethanol and bio-diesel, demand for the fibrous grass has sharply increased.

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Why is it so hard to succeed?

By Lorrin Windahl. I thought I’d share with you an article I read recently. It’s a couple of years old now but I think it’s still fairly relevant. The article, by Julie Lasky for Metropolis Magazine, is entitled ‘The (Limited)…

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Sustainable packaging

By Lorrin Windahl. When we think of product packaging we often think of polystyrene foam, cardboard and plastic bags. All of which when you have unwrapped the product go into the garbage or, at best, the recycling bin. But this…

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The Story of Stuff

By Lorrin Windahl. A few years ago I did a short course at RMIT in sustainable design and life cycle assessment. It was during this course that I was first introduced to ‘The Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard. It’s…

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Designer Profile 1 – Victor Papanek

By Lorrin Windahl. So I thought I’d include in this blog some profiles of people who have had a significant impact on socially responsible design. Who better to start with than the godfather of SRD, Victor Papanek.

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