November 8, 2011
Manufacturing a Sustainable Award to Recognize Sustainability Leaders
After finding a responsible product, Formica Corporation also came up with a plan to reduce manufacturing waste. They designed the awards to fit neatly within a standard sheet of laminate to avoid wasteful offcuts and odd dimensions. 16 rows of six-inch squares were cut from a single sheet, eliminating excess material. With the placards cut, the award logo was screen-printed onto each one, and packaged in fully recyclable packaging ready for transport.
It might seem like a lot of work for a simple award, but when product designers and manufacturers work to eliminate waste and select sustainable materials, their positive actions are multiplied many times over by virtue of mass production. Besides, it wouldn’t be right to have an unsustainably made trophy to celebrate products that give back to people and planet.
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