Project & Product Guidelines for Our Planet & Us

These guidelines are for everybody involved in creative endeavour; for small articles or large projects.

They are not rules but considerations that will help us make better decisions for our future.

Printable Version of Guidelines

 

PLANNING THE PROJECT

  • Will the product or project over its full life cycle leave our planet in better condition ?
  • Will our environment, our plants, our animals, present and future humans benefit because of this project ?
  • Does the project treat all peoples and animals with compassion ?
  • Does the project warrant every form of risk involved ?

During EACH of the intended phases of

  • Material acquisition
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Dismantling
  • Component & material disposal

Is the lowest energy method used ?

Can renewable energy sources be used ?

Can existing materials or equipment be used ?

Have all effects and by-products been considered - chemical - biological - temperature - environmental - radioactive - safety - social ?

  • Have undesirable effects been minimized ?
  • Are all precautions in place ?
  • Is the community informed of all risks & implications?

DESIGN

In reaching a design solution for the project objectives, the following considerations will help reduce waste, energy, maintenance, unreliability & cost.

Each small improvement will make your project or product better for our planet.

Minimize

Because

Parts lower cost & less to go wrong
Manufacturing operations lower cost & less to go wrong
Assembly operations lower cost & less to go wrong
Skills neededfewer mistakes, less waste, lower cost
Tools needed lower cost, more easily serviceable
Special materials lower cost, more easily repairable
Quantity of material better use of resources, less weight
Size more cheaply transported & handled
Energy needed overall lower cost, environmentally better
Wastagelower cost, environmentally better
Energy needed overall lower cost, environmentally better

Maximize

Because

Functions per part one part doing two jobs will save parts
Features of manufacture eg casting may enable a form creation such as a handle, without extra parts
Parts per fixing fewer parts, lower cost, more reliable
Batch size set-up costs reduced
Symmetry larger batch sizes, easier assembly
Recycled material usageless waste, environmentally better
Energy recoveryless waste, environmentally better
Part life less waste, environmentally better
Part recovery & re-useless waste, environmentally better

 

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