Sustainable Product Design & Development
Do you know how many emissions you consume in the creation of your product? What minerals are mined for it? Where your sourced items and collateral are made and shipped? If ethical labor exists at every step of the product journey? How much water it takes to make your product and get it to your customer? How much land is cleared? What happens to the product at end of life by most of your consumers?
We can help you to answer all these questions and create a product that is truly sustainable and ethical. We are deep into environmentalism but we are also designers. Having a sustainable concept does not need to compromise aesthetics or function; in fact, it can often improve it. We will always consider both upstream and downstream waste in all its forms, social impact, and highlight any issues with any aspects of the lifecycle with you.
If you already have a product:
We will review your current processes, supply chain, materials, manufacturing and elements to get a clear overview of the current product impact. From this we’ll create a full product lifecycle journey with the environmental & social impact at each step of the way. We’ll review this together and work on the areas that require improvement. We’ll recommend, strategize, source and implement these with you and determine your final impact across each primary measure and the effect the improvements have. You will receive a final report including all the lifecycles, visuals, data, risks, references, product design sheets, recommendations etc. At this final stage, we’ll also creating marketing material in your brand style so you can highlight and promote the excellent work you’ve done, your commitment to the environment, your transparency with customers, lessons & savings and your true sustainability. Our report figures and marketing material can also be used for your website and press & media.
If you’re developing a new product:
We’ll discuss your product idea and what stage of the journey you’re currently at. From there we’ll work out how much we need to dig into the design process to refine the product and assess the areas for sustainability. We’ll work with you to eco-design each aspect & social element and have the product manufactured (if required for our work together). From there, we’ll then work with you to create a product lifecycle with the environmental & social impact of each stage of the product journey. You will receive a final report including all the lifecycles, visuals, data, risks, references, product design sheets etc. We’ll also creating marketing material in your brand style so you can highlight and promote the excellent work you’ve done, your commitment to the environment and your transparency with customers. We can assist you with launching this new product if required.
We’ll always make notes and recommendations on every step of the journey and what we find along with listing costs and implications. We continuously look for certification you can achieve, lost revenue opportunities, cost savings, new product ideas from recycled items or waste created that fit your brand, extending the life of your product efficiency, potential reuse opportunities, & functionality improvements, and end of life strategies and process workflows if an item is not compostable or easily recyclable. We’ll also advise on you on potential partnerships to improve the communities you work within and for community building of your own brand leveraging this work.
Concerned about climate change and the impacts this will have on your product manufacturing and delivery? We will analyze this for you and include it in our risk assessment highlighting potential issues and recommendations to mitigate these issues.
Need your team to have a robust understanding of the work done on your product, the sustainability initiatives, technical components and social impact? We’ll train them! Available online, through Zoom or Slack, or in-person.
Investment and timeframe
The price of this service varies depending on your product, how many items we’re working on and the complexity of the item but generally we find we work on projects that fall in the $1k – $5kusd (or equivalent in AUD, NZD, Euro, GBP, CAD).
We’ll chat about your current product, your ideas, direction, what’s worked and what hasn’t along with a many more questions. We’ll do a lot of listening and are eager to hear about your item!
We’ll work with you to review your current product if it is existing and then start work on the sustainability aspects that require assessment, improvement and changing.
If required for your project, we’ll work to source items & parts, and/or manufacture your product as per our work and recommendations, sustainably and ethically.
Launch & Review
Your new or improved product hits the market and we’ll be there alongside you to answer any questions, clarify anything where required and assist with marketing materials.
Natural resource use
Manufacturing impact on environment, energy and labor
Chemicals, pesticides & herbicides used
End of life disposal
Who is this for?
Sustainable product development is for you if…
We are really excited to learn about your product and business. Let’s chat!