In the table below, students will list the item to be redesigned and the alternative materials they would use to produce the product. Encourage students to build a model of the redesigned item and create a list of the redesigned parts for display.
ACTIVITY redesign T by Charlie McLaughlin, DTE his activity will provide you with the fundamental concepts for product redesign. During the last several years, manufacturers of many of the things we use have attempted to create products that have little impact on the environment. When we look around school and our homes we can find all types of items that are made from different materials. One thing we can look at is the amount Some companies have taken a look at of material that is used in some of these their packaging and paper requirements objects. For instance, our TV systems are and developed alternatives as part of made of plastics, metals, and glass. Our their redesigning efforts. This is a classic books are made of cardboard and paper; example of product redesign. One unique often from 100% post-consumer waste package solution is the biodegradable bleached with hydrogen peroxide. Our SunChips bag. The chip bag is made of packaging is usually made of recycled polyastic acid, or PLA, a unique plant- paper and plastic. Unfortunately, based polymer. The beauty of the these materials are often placed in the package is that it is 100% compostable and trash once they are no longer needed. will break down in fourteen weeks. This is Sometimes we are able to recycle these a giant step in green technology because materials. the package does not rely on petroleum- based chemistry. One question we need to think about should place a check in the box that best is this: Were these products made with Recently, a number of books have been describes the material(s) from which the materials designed for a secondary use? printed
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