Sustainable Product Development

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.

Working together

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). 

Phone Consult

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!

Eco Design

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.

Development

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.

Analyzing 

Product impact

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Natural resource use

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Water footprint

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Manufacturing impact on environment, energy and labor

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Chemicals, pesticides & herbicides used

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Transportation emissions

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End of life disposal

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of companies are reducing waste from operations
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corporations that manage & plan for climate change secure an 18% higher return on investment
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Annual waste generation is expected to increase by 70% to 3.40 bn tonnes in 2050
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1 %
of plastic produced is packaging used just once and then discarded
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Who is this for?

 

Sustainable product development is for you if…

  • You're developing a new product and want to ensure it's as sustainable as possible from the beginning and have it manufactured ethically
  • You're launching a new product and need to understand the environmental impact
  • You require impact analysis for case studies, press & media and marketing materials
  • You need to know your exact impact so you can reduce & offset wherever possible
  • You're revising a current product line to switch it over to best-practise and least impact
  • You want to have a transparent supply chain, ethical labor
  • You want specific (or identified) certifications for your product

Product Lifecycle

We'll do an end-to-end assessment of from the resources used to make the item through to end of life.

Product Use

What impact does it have to use the product, maintain it, store it, replenish it etc over its lifetime?

Upstream Waste

We'll calculate all the upstream waste which we can reduce, advocate other companies to resolve or find alternative options for.

Downstream Waste

What do consumers end up with and throw away when they receive your item? How can we lower this to close to zero impact?

Labels, Packaging & Collateral

It's not only the product that has an impact; everything required to ship it does too. We'll account for all of this.

Consumer care

We can encourage customers to look after products, maintain them and offer services to help them do so. We will work on the strategies for this, the education of end-users and materials for use, whilst ensuring your business doesn't rely on obscolesence.

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We are really excited to learn about your product and business. Let’s chat!

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