Environmentally sustainable design - or eco-design as it's more commonly referred to - is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment and services to comply with the principles of ecological sustainability.
Over recent years, the realisation that many of our human practices are destroying the earth has led to this growing emergence of eco-design, which is increasingly being integrated, into every phase of a potential new product, from conception to completion.
In this way, when we consider the environmental impacts throughout all stages of the product development process, we more thoughtfully create eco-design products - those that aim to make the lowest possible environmental impact throughout their lifecycle.
According to Greenpeace, human consumption of natural resources has doubled over the last 30 years. Of course, we have good reasons to manufacture better and more efficiently: raw materials and natural resources are finite and, if we do not do better, they will run out.