- Circles of Sustainability Approach
A method for understanding and assessing sustainability.
- Circular design
Finding ways to reduce and eliminate waste and pollution and keeping products and materials in use rather than throwing them away.
- Circular economy
A model of production and consumption which maintains the use of materials and products for as long as possible by reuse, repair and recycling.
- Circular inflow
In a circular system, either renewable inflows that are used at a rate in line with natural cycles of renewability or non-virgin inflows.
- Circular outflow
In a circular system, outflows that are designed and treated in a manner that ensures products and materials have a full recovery potential and extend their economic lifetime after their technical lifetime, and are demonstrably recovered.
A sustainability framework integrating design and science that eliminates the concept of waste.
- Cradle-to-Gate Inventory
A partial life cycle of an intermediate product, from material acquisition through to when the product leaves the organisation’s gate.
A sustainability framework that considers a product’s impact throughout its lifespan as opposed to that of single use.
- Design for Assembly and Disassembly
The practice of designing products in a way that will make them easy to assemble and disassemble.
- Design for Environment
A design approach that aims to reduce and improve the impact of products and services on human health and environmental stability.
- Design for Manufacturing
The practice of designing products in a way that will make them easy and cost-effective to manufacture.
- Design for Sustainability
A design approach that aims to prioritise energy and resource conservation and minimise negative environmental impact.
- Energy Recovery
The act of converting waste material (usually non- recyclable material) into usable heat, electricity, or fuel energy, usually via combustion or burning.
- Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
A policy implemented by governments that places financial and/or physical responsibility on the producers of goods and products for the treatment and disposal of post-consumer waste.
- Feedback Loop
Factors which increase or amplify (positive feedback) or decrease (negative feedback) the rate of a process.
- Gate to Gate
A narrow Life Cycle Assessment, focusing on only one phase of the production process.
- Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDSM)
A movement to empower destinations with the mindsets, strategies, and skill sets to create regenerative places to visit, meet, and live in.
- Green chemistry
A chemical product design methodology that reduces waste, conserves energy, prevents pollution and reduces the negative environmental impacts of chemicals on the environment.
- Industrial Ecology
A discipline that aims to study and reduce the negative environmental impacts of industry.
Resources that enter an organisation, including materials, parts, or products.