Design & Technology

Design and market influence

Environmental factors

Designers have a responsibility to work in a way that reduces the environmental impact of a product.

Raw materials

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Paper and card are made from cellulose fibre from wood, old rags or old paper. Care needs to be taken to ensure that wood is from sustainable [sustainability: Managing resources today in such a way that there will be enough to go around in the future. ] forests. The processes of making paper may produce waste.


Inks and solvents used in manufacturing processes may be harmful unless used and disposed of correctly.


Products and packaging can cause large amounts of waste if they are thrown away. However, many kinds of graphics waste can be recycled.

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