New sustainable packaging standards published

The British Standards Institution has published the second part in its series of standards on product design, focusing on sustainability.

The BSI’s report, ‘BS 8887-2:2009 Design for manufacture, assembly, disassembly and end-of-life processing (MADE). Terms and definitions’, features a glossary of new eco-design terms.

The glossary aims to help ‘remove any ambiguity… thereby reducing possible confusion to industry and end users… Standard terminology can help transfer a design concept to manufacture in a way that is most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally aware,’ according to the BSI.

New definitions cover remanufacture, carbon footprint, end-of-life, reuse and reconditioning.

This is the second in a planned series of four papers by BSI that intends to reduce the impact of manufactured products on the environment, ‘by including environmentally sensitive design principles during the early phase of new product development’.

The paper is available directly from the BSI, priced £84.

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