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Design students cut down on waste

Design students in colleges and universities are focusing more on the whole life cycle performance of products in an effort to reduce waste. Speaking at the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee into waste reduction, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) director for innovation Dr David Evans said that students at design colleges are assessing the whole life performance of products to ensure that they are made more sustainable. The Design Council (national strategic body for design) has done a great deal of effort working with universities and colleges to ensure that features of waste management exist within the design curriculum. Whether or not they exist efficiently is a question you would have to ask the Design Council. However, Evans also said the situation was far from perfect and that there needed to be a better linkage between design schools and universities. He said: There needs to be a better linkage in order to enable schools and universities to understand the design aspects and material properties or products. The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee was holding its first evidence session into waste reduction. Three Government departments gave hearings; The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform and the DIUS. Better product design and the role of design in waste management were some of the topics discussed by the Committee at the hearing. Other topics focused on whether waste targets would be met, what the role of Government should be in addressing waste reduction and whether better product design could be used to effect a change in consumption patterns.

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