Designing for a Sustainable Future: Creating products with Purpose

The journey of sustainable design is not static; it’s a dynamic process that demands continuous improvement and anticipation of future trends.

This course covers a range of considerations for designers including; embracing evolving technologies, societal needs, and environmental considerations helping designers to lead the charge toward innovative solutions, and pave the way for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Course Outline

Module 1

Understanding Sustainable Design

– Definition of sustainable design and its significance.
– Explanation of the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic.
– Case studies highlighting the positive impact of sustainable design.

Module 2

Principles of Sustainable Material Selection

– Exploring eco-friendly material options: renewable, recycled, and upcycled materials.
– Factors to consider when evaluating materials for sustainability.
– Interactive activity: Analysing the environmental life cycle of different materials.

Module 3

Designing for Longevity and Durability

– The connection between durability and sustainability.
– Strategies for designing products that have a longer lifespan.
– Examples of durable design in practice.

Module 4

Energy Efficiency and Resource Optimisation

– Importance of energy efficiency in product design.
– Tips for reducing energy consumption during manufacturing and use.
– Lean manufacturing principles and waste reduction strategies.

Module 5

Packaging and Transportation

– Minimising packaging waste and eco-friendly packaging alternatives.
– Strategies to reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
– Case study: Sustainable packaging and transportation solutions.

Module 6

User-Centred Sustainable Design

– Balancing user experience with sustainability.
– Designing products that meet user needs while minimising environmental impact.
– Interactive exercise: Brainstorming user-centred sustainable design ideas.

Module 7

Repairability, Upgradability, and End-of-Life Considerations

– The importance of repairable and upgradable products.
– Design strategies for easy repairs and upgrades.
– Planning for end-of-life: designing for recyclability, repurposing, and composting.

Module 8

Lifecycle Assessment and Environmental Certifications

– Introduction to lifecycle assessment and its role in sustainable product design.
– Overview of environmental certifications and standards.
– Case studies showcasing products with recognised sustainability certifications.

Module 9

Continuous Improvement and Future Trends

– The journey doesn’t end: Committing to continuous improvement.
– Staying informed about emerging sustainable design practices and materials.
– Interactive discussion: Brainstorming ideas for incorporating future sustainable trends.

What our lovely clients say...

Extremely professional & highly organised. I attended the “Be Contract Ready” course - it was very professionally delivered and so valuable for those looking to bid for contracts. Jo’s strategic planning and management experience in the third sector is invaluable and very effective. Great leadership qualities, delivery of projects and project management skills are imperative. Great listener and conflict resolution skills are highly valued and her knowledge base is incredibly strong.

Director of Steps to Freedom CIC

I just want to thank you for delivering such a fantastic course. I learned so much and this knowledge will help me so much in my social enterprise. I highly recommend.

Director of Inner Sunshine CIC

Good event well paced and informative

Development Manager at Citizens Advice

Join Us in Shaping a Sustainable Future -
Enrol Today!

Our expert instructors will guide you in incorporating purpose and sustainability into your design process, from concept to creation.
Find out more.

Join us for

Collective Change Logo of a plant growing


Your form has been sent and a member of the Collective Change team will be in contact with you as soon as possible.