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  Challenges to Integrating Sustainable Product Design and LCA
If there’s one common thread that binds product designers, researchers, and engineers, it’s the passion to create products that have a positive impact on the world. More and more, sustainability is an important facet of the impact we’re all striving to create. And life cycle analysis (LCA) is now recognized as the most complete approach to depict a product’s impact.
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  Coke, Ford, Heinz, Nike, P&G To Collaborate on Plant-Based PET
These five heavyweight U.S. companies have formed a strategic working group focused on accelerating the development and use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber in their products. PET, also known as polyethylene terephthalate, is a durable, lightweight plastic that is used in a variety of products and materials including plastic bottles, apparel, footwear and automotive fabric and carpet.

  Imagining Consumer Energy Management in an IT Future
Our editorial focus during May explored the vast potential of information technology to enable more sustainable business practices and lifestyles. However, if we accept that a widespread shift is underway in which consumers will continue to demand greener products and services, and that consumers also are becoming ever more connected through an Internet of energy-hungry things, what market transformation could resolve these somewhat divergent trends?
  Deloitte Paper Examines Benefits of Life Cycle Assessments
Organizations can create value by conducting Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of sustainability metrics to better inform business decisions and activities, says a new Deloitte report. LCA is designed to measure and quantify the end-to-end environmental and economic impacts of a product, process or service in alignment with specific sustainability goals.
Sustainability Via Big-Data Sharing
As information technologies continue to mature and sustainability issues become business imperatives, a big-data marketplace is emerging that will generate greater resource efficiency and new revenue opportunities. Open source and proprietary technologies now can collect and crunch previously unimaginable amounts of digital information. Managed big-data services are stepping up to further reduce the IT burden for companies, and networked solutions promise to reduce what Stanford professor Hau Lee described in the 1990s as the “Bullwhip” effect.
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