A certification for household products?
Professors and students of Delhi University’s Lady Irwin College are engaged in developing a multi-criteria framework for sustainability design audit. The team is led by Sushma Goel and Bhawana Chanana.
Their research dwells on the fact that life of different parts of any kind of equipment varies. Therefore, even if one part fails the entire product enters the disposal cycle prematurely.
During interviews conducted for their research, the team found that users of electronic household goods and lifestyle products complained of problems soon after six months to a year of purchase.
Lalit Das, professor emeritus at IIT Delhi who is a mentor in this research initiative, says that there is need to evaluate the design of products and its consequences. For buildings there is enough work done by LEED and GRIHA but for products issues concerning their lifecycle and after use disposal have yet to be integrated.
Goel’s team recently organised a two-day workshop on sustainability design audit. Experts from different organisations such as electrical appliance com- pany LG Electronics, Jayant Narayan, Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH of the Indo-German Environment Partnership Programme, Avikal Somvanshi, architect from CSE, Sunita K Sreedharan and Tapsi Johri, SKS, Law Associates etc put forth their views on developing the sustainability criteria. The workshop was attended by students from Lady Irwin College, SPA, and Campus Law Centre, Delhi University.
The students developed the sustainability criteria relevant in design of electronic products. The workshop focused on the fact that there is an urgent need for the innovators as well as manufacturers to make a paradigm shift in innovating new designs.