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Environmental and social issues

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When developing a product, the designer must consider not only the function of the product, but also broader environmental and social issues.

Environmental and social impact

Making products uses resources, including the materials used in the product and the energy needed to make it. Using these resources has an impact on the environment and society.

The designer of electronic products should consider a number of factors in order to reduce environmental impact, including:

  • the material used to make the product
  • the life of the product
  • disposal: what happens to the product at the end of its life?

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