There are around thirteen thousand, five hundred micro and small enterprises (MPEs) acting in the furniture sector in Brazil, whose production is essentially made to order. The manufacturing processes are not sustainable, resulting in large volumes of waste discarded in irregular manner on the outskirts of the cities. This waste is composed, mainly, for remains of reconstituted wood (sawdust and debris from artificial laminates and MDF). The spacing of MPEs in the sector over a vast territory and the reduced dimension of these productive structures have been causing difficulties for the actions of sensitization for a change in the productive paradigm, because these small organizations are, on the whole, too preoccupied with their subsistence. Therefore, this paper intends to present alternatives in sustainable strategic design, with the objective of minimizing the waste produced by these companies, promoting transformations in society. In methodological terms, active research will be used, since it favors the exploration and the analysis of a set of interactions occurred during the process, and it allows a reflexive action with sights of reaching improvements in results. It is expected that, this work, may collaborate for the minimization of the environmental impact by the furniture manufacturer MPEs, reducing the generation of waste for part of the sector.
|Keywords:||Eco-design, Environmental certifications, Social design|
Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism, and Design, Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil
Professor, Research Centre in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Assistant Professor, Departamento de Ciências Sociais e Artes, CIAUD / Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal, Portugal
Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Communication, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil