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Design för ett hållbart samhälle: En undersökning om hållbar design samt dess drivkrafter och hinder
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Sustainable Design - astudy on sustainable design and its incentives and barriers

Thepurpose of this study was to investigate the incentives and barriers existing within companies focusing on eco-design. Theaim was also to examine the consumers’ thoughts on eco-design and sustainableproducts. A further aim was to try to concretize important lessons for futurework on sustainable production and consumption. Two methods were used forcompleting this study; a literature study, and a practical study consisting ofinterviews with companies focusing on eco-design and a survey among students.The result shows that durable goods over the last decades have had a variedrevenue growth, showing an increasing trend over recent years. The result alsoshows a slightly increasing trend on sustainable consumption and production.The main incentives presented in the result were based on some form of recognitionof the unsustainable attitude in our society. Among existing barriers the mostprominent was associated to economic issues, ignorance and material problems.The result of the survey showed that consumers ranked factors related toeco-design among those who are least considered. For the work towards asustainable future, people with a similar attitude as the ones involved in theinterviewed companies are of great importance. There also seems to be a needfor altered market conditions,but this would require a dramatic behavioral change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
eco-design, sustainability, incentives, barriers, consumption habits
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58986OAI: diva2:550603
Subject / course
Examensarbete i miljö och hälsoskydd
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-09-07 Created: 2012-09-07 Last updated: 2012-09-07Bibliographically approved

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