Get a sense for your environment and it’s ecology not only after buying a product but within the manufacturing process itself. And even before.
In this short term project it was our task to develope some kind of helpful tool for designers to be aware of how sustainable the production process for an specific product can be. I came up with a chart, that shows how sustainable the process is by self-evaluation. It is meant for use right in the beginning during brainstorming.
As a creative person there is sometimes this random idea appearing in your mind from out of nowhere. In front of your eyes there is something building up and you can easily create a concept for a product, just by imagination.
But how to continue after having the first deep thoughts about the new product. Simply use the Smart Card Chart, which you can always have by your side, because of its handy format. While having your idea for a concept in mind, answer the asked questions on the Smart Card Chart and drag the button on the scale to the right side. Stop when you think it fits to your ideas in mind. After answering all the questions honestly, you get an overview of how sustainable your product can be produced (of course this is just for an overview, not going deep in detail). This way you get your first thoughts visualized. The greener, the better.