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What Are the Different Types of Green Industrial Design?

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Industrial design is a field that requires the fusion of creativity and technical skills in order to create truly innovative products that are geared toward the attainment of a stated objective. Green industrial design refers to the process by which industrial designers utilize their skills to create products and designs that are in consonance with the environment. The different types of green industrial design are those that are recyclable or based on recyclable materials, those that tend to save resources, and those that lend themselves to increased efficiency through the assembly process and the manner in which the products or designs contain attributes that contribute to their eco friendliness.

An example of green industrial design includes the designs that incorporate the utilization of green materials in their production. These are generally those materials that do not harm the environment as a consequence of their acquisition for the purpose of developing the design concepts. A good example of such a green industrial design process is the use of recycled materials in the production of products or in the design of other projects, such as construction. This can be seen in the utilization of objects like scrap metal and other types of discarded material for the building of sculptures. It is also manifest in the use of broken tiles that would have otherwise been discarded in the creation of interesting patterns on the floor of homes, as opposed to applying new tiles to the floor.

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Green industrial design practices are also apparent in the creation of products that save resources through the clever designs behind the concept of the products. An example of such can be seen in the design of aerators that are attached to the spout of taps in order to spread out the spray of water and contribute to the conservation of the same. This same practice of the creation of green industrial design is the driving force behind designing homes that are made with such materials that they retain more heat or coolness, reducing the need for the constant use of heaters or air conditioners. It may also be applied through the designing of homes with a lot of open spaces and skylights that are positioned in such a manner that they allow natural light to come into the home longer, reducing the need to use artificial light.

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