Sustainable Product Design: For a Small Manufacturing Company

By Angela Stone and Kieran McCrorie.

Published by The Design Collection

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The coffee market is booming business with coffee outlets springing up in all towns and cities. The total coffee-shop sector is estimated to grow at a rate of between 3.9% and 5.3% per year. Buying coffee for take out during the commute is becoming a phenomenon of the modern working life. But is carrying and drinking the coffee while laden down with briefcase or rucksack easy to do. The majority of coffee shops give card insulating sleeves out with medium and large sizes to protect consumers fingers form the heat of the coffee. This results in the purchaser holding the coffee at chest height in front of them and hoping no one bangs into them as even with a lid the coffee will spill. This paper details the product development undertaken to design an ergonomic coffee carrier that in one orientation can be held similar to a cup or in its other orientation held vertically by one’s side. Consumer research also demonstrated the need for the carrier to be recyclable, from this it was decided that recycled material would be sourced for the product thus creating a closed loop recycling process.

Keywords: Ergonomic Design, Sustainable Design, Product Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.105-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.083MB).

Dr. Angela Stone

Lecturer, Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Angela Stone obtained her B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Sandwich) with a classification of 2.1 in 1990 and then proceeded to read for a PhD, which she obtained in 1994. Since then Angela has worked for Oxford Instruments on New Product Development of off-line quality control equipment. She started her career as an academic in 1996 at Staffordshire University as a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design / Design Technology. During her time at Stafford she worked on the development of EdNet, an engineering design network. This environment was designed to manage the student learning process as well as to a limited extent facilitate group working for open learning. In August 2002 Angela moved employment to the University of Strathclyde and the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management where she is employed as an Academic Supervisor. Angela is actively involved with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships funded by the DTI and undertaken within industry. These projects are primarily concerning new product development and implementation and sustaining of excellent design practice within the workplace. These projects include computer supported cooperative work.

Kieran McCrorie

Design Engineer, Ice Cool Industries, Glasgow, UK


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