Green design is about helping mankind coexist better with the environment. There are two general methods for going about this:
-1 REDUCING THE NEGATIVE - reducing the physical impact of the design)
-2 INCREASING THE POSITIVE - design in a way that changes bad behaviors or creates new, good behaviors that reduce impact on the environment).
The “greenest design” would incorporate both methods. And when you evaluate a design, both factors should be weighed and be weighed according to the OVERALL IMPACT, which is can be very debatable. It seems like it is going to be a semi-slow road to improving our manufacturing ways, so at this point in time, the power I think really lies in designing a product/service that increases the positive effects, and also, making that product/service popular with consumers as well as popular with business. It truly is important to see the big picture.
(incomplete) * List of Ways to Design Greenly: *
-reduce resources used in creating the product
-think about the end of the product's life (disassembly, lifespan, etc.)
-make useful products that improve people's lives in some way, thus making the products valuable, indirectly helping people value materials and resources.
-help people make environmental decisions as painless as possible
-positively affect as many people as possible through smart business strategy