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There are a number of different ecodesign strategies that you can use based around the consideration that you give to materials.  Follow the links below to find out more:

Materials Selection

GO TO: Information on Materials Selection Material choices can affect the environmental impact of product throughout its lifecycle

Mainstream materials

GO TO: Information on Mainstream materials Most mainstream materials, though not renewable can be easily and economically recycled.

Materials Reduction

GO TO: Information on Materials Reduction Using materials efficiently when designing and manufacturing products to reduce the amount of waste created


GO TO: Information on Compatability Identify materials which are compatible with one another.

Biodegradable materials

GO TO: Information on Biodegradable materials Biodegradable materials can appear to be the holy grail of materials but be aware of the issues they throw up.


GO TO: Information on Biopolymers Biopolymers are biodegradable polymers which can be created from either renewable (based on agricultural plant or animal products) or synthetic material.

Renewable materials

GO TO: Information on Renewable materials Renewable materials are harvested from sources which are naturally replenished by nature.

Recycled materials

GO TO: Information on Recycled materials Recycled materials help to close the loop and put nutrients back into the cycle.

Hazardous Materials

GO TO: Information on Hazardous Materials A wide range of materials are now classified as hazaroud and have to be avoided in product development or removed before disposal.