A Designer’s Guide to LCA

How to improve your design process using Life Cycle Assessments?

Looking for a tangible way to integrate sustainability into your design process? In the following article based on an interview with Philip Hathaway (senior designer and sustainability specialist at MMID), we will explore the Life Cycle Assessment; a tool used to determine a product’s environmental impact throughout its lifetime. Although an extremely valuable technique, the process of making an LCA can be tedious and time-consuming, inconsistent with a fast-paced and highly changing design processes. We have written before about how sustainability can be used as a tool throughout the design process to ensure the integration of an environmentally conscious mindset. So how can we as designers use a technique such as LCA to our advantage without compromising our workflow? The answer to this can be a fast-track LCA. Curious? Download the article!