Recent Case Studies

Conference on Design for Recycling of electronic equipment FREE
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-08-14 06:41:02 UTC
Electronic equipment is designed based on a number of requirements. Not only product safety, ease of use and energy efficiency but also resource efficiency and recycling play an important role. Nevertheless, the recovery of some raw materials from discarded …
Laptops more sustainable than desktops due to new technology and integration
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-08-01 20:44:07 UTC
Fraunhofer institute did a research on the global warming impact of different computer styles. Conclusion is that laptops are more environmental friendly compared to desktop computers because of integration of components which reduces not only material …
Software for lightweight constructions based on nature
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-07-23 20:46:25 UTC
Biomimicry & Lightweight Design With energy conservation being a current hot topic, a lot is talked about lightweight construction. Often, nature has already provided us with the solution. Huge material savings can be made by placing structures according …
Nike developed, and shares, ecodesign tool for apparel and fabrics
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-07-02 22:03:20 UTC
BEAVERTON, Ore. (November 30, 2010) – In an effort to further industry sustainability efforts, NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today released its Environmental Apparel Design Tool. Based on Nike’s Considered Design Index, the release of the tool aims to accelerate …
Using instead of consuming; Turntoo
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-06-26 13:11:11 UTC
Thomas Rau, founding father of Turntoo, is committed to turn the world from consuming products to using product service offerings. It is the only real way to deal with scarcity of resources. He sees the world ripe to make the step from owning a product …
Windworks to produce furniture
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-06-18 18:46:38 UTC
Windworks can be seen as an urban factory, using wind as its main source of energy. According to Merel Karhof there is an important element missing in the discussion around free sources of energy as she explains the idea behind her project as follows: ‘’Everyone …
Last webinar of the serie 13th of June: Light color and intensity influences wellbeing
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-06-11 19:36:20 UTC
I thought there are only cones and rods in the eye to make us see but we also have something called a “third” class of ocular photoreceptors, photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (pRGC), different from the rods and cones within the eye. Based on light …
Business model: Profit for a Purpose
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-06-09 15:42:45 UTC
Vestergaard Frandsen, established in 1957, is a Europe-based international company specialising in complex emergency response and disease control products. It is guided by a unique Humanitarian Entrepreneurship business model, whose "profit for a purpose …
3D printed canal house open end of 2013
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-05-17 08:53:01 UTC
DUS architects got the go-ahead for the construction of the world’s first printed Amsterdam canal house. The project will be built, layer by layer, in the expanding Amsterdam Noord area, and should be open before the end of the year as a center to show …
Super greenies; eco as a lifestyle
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-05-16 21:17:33 UTC
While everyone seems to be on the green bandwagon in one way or another, there is a subset of the environmentally friendly who are setting the landscape for the entire movement. According to Scarborough, five percent of the adult population are “Super …


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