There’s definitely a need to do something to protect our planet. As a matter of fact, identifying that need is a much needed action. Now is the time to identify the need to address the challenges we are facing. With the force of nature slowly driving us to the brink of destruction and maybe extinction, there is an imminent need for action. But how do we design the action path for that? How can technology design open the gates for a greener tomorrow?
I came across a video of Yves Behar. He is an amazing and a creative mover, not just in the area of technology design but also in other industrial fields such as sports, fashions, and lifestyle. A brilliant thinker and designer, he asks this very timely question.
“What is our intention for the planet?”
In answering the question, he proceeds to clearly depict our cold intention to pollute the earth. In spite of the fact that we need to do otherwise, our intentions are highly questionable. If our intentions are questionable, how can we come up with a design to resonate our intentions for a greener tomorrow?
As a designer, Yves Behar shares the two things that should be accomplished. These two things identify how beneficial the design is. First, design should be able to “build efficient and successful businesses. Second, design should be able “to change the world” through sustainability and socially relevant solutions. As opposite as they seem, these two things can merge and dictate how technology design can provide for us a greener tomorrow.
Nowadays, more and more products have been created and aligned to a more earth-friendly technology design. But how can we really tell if their technology design is earth-friendly?
Based on what I read on this website, I came up with a quick guide on how to tell if the product has an earth-friendly technology design.
- The source of energy used to create the product is natural, renewable, and sustainable. So maybe it’s best that you do know more about the company first before purchasing their product.
- The product is produced from recycled materials. Again, doing some kind of product research before purchase is very important.
- The company of the product protects landfill. So how the company disposes their waste sheds light to the technology design of their product.
- The product is not harmful to the body.
- The company creates jobs in stable working environments.
Going beyond the product and looking into the company can tell a lot about the technology design. That can give you a good ideas as to how earth-friendly the product is.
So in closing, I go back to the two questions. First question: How do we design the action path for a greener tomorrow. Well, as consumers, we should be aware of the innovative products that are friendly to our ecosystems. We should take into consideration the technology design that clearly resonates our intentions for a greener tomorrow.
Second question: How can technology design open the gates to a greener tomorrow? Well in my opinion, it has already opened the gates. And the good thing about the process of technology design is that products will forever be improved to provide the greenest tomorrow.