Look for Synergies

Reference: Gertsakis et al, Better Business, Cleaner World: A Guide to EcoRedesign, Centre for Design at RMIT, 1997.

Many products are comprised of systems where a number of different components interact. As a result, changing the design of one component can in turn affect other components. Designers should look for areas where this knock-on effect can be used beneficially.

Pros: Reduced material and energy consumption
Pros: Better, more desirable products. Reduced manufacturing costs
Cons: Possible increased development costs
Pros: Better performing products