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Essential idea:
Resources management and sustainable production carefully consider three key issues - consumption of raw materials, consumption of energy, and production of waste - in relation to management resources and reserves effectively and making production more sustainable.
Nature of design:
As non-renewable resources run out, designers need to develop innovative solutions to meet basic human needs for energy, food and raw materials. The development of renewable and sustainable resources is one of the major challenges of the 21st century for designers.
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Aim 6: Much of the development of new resources is the production of creating sustainable solutions to existing problems. The legacy of the industrial revolution is now being felt as we face resource depletion. the challenge for designers is to continue to develop products that meet the needs of humans, while conserving the environment for future generations.

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Essential idea:
Waste mitigation strategies can reduce or eliminate the volume of material disposed to landfill.
Nature of design:
The abundance of resources and raw materials in the industrial age led to the development of throwaway society, and as resources run out, the many facets of sustainability become a more important focus for designers. The result of the throwaway society is large amounts of materials found in landfill, which can be considered as a new source to mine resources from.
Concepts and principles:
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Aims:
Aim 6: The exploration of possible solutions to eliminate waste in our society has given rise to ideas developed as part of the Circular Economy. By redesigning products and processes, the waste from one product can become the raw material of another.

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Essential idea:
There are several factors to be considered with respect to energy and design.
Nature of design:
Efficient energy use is an important consideration for designers in today's society. Energy conservation and efficient energy use are pivotal in our impact on the environment. A designer's goal is to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products or services using newer technologies or creative implementation of systems to reduce usage. For example , driving less is an example of energy conservation, whilst driving the same amount but with a higher mileage car is energy efficient.

Concepts and principles:
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Aim 6: As we develop new electronic products, electrical energy power sources remain an ever important issue. The ability to concentrate electrical energy into ever decreasing volume and weights is the challenge for designers of electronic products.


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