As a cultivated form of invention, product design is a deeply human phenomenon that enables us to shape, modify and alter the world around us – for better or worse. The recent emergence of the sustainability imperative in product design compels us to recalibrate the parameters of good design in an unsustainable age. Written by designers, for designers, the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design presents the first systematic overview of the burgeoning field of sustainable product design. Brimming with intelligent viewpoints, critical propositions, practical examples and rich theoretical analyses, this book provides an essential point of reference for scholars and practitioners at the intersection of product design and sustainability. The book takes readers to the depth of our engagements with the designed world to advance the social and ecological purpose of product design as a critical twenty-first-century practice. Comprising 35 chapters across 6 thematic parts, the book’s contributors include the most significant international thinkers in this dynamic and evolving field.

chapter |6 pages


ByJonathan Chapman

part I|90 pages

The made world

chapter 1|14 pages

A brief history of (un)sustainable design

ByDamon Taylor

chapter 2|16 pages

The half-life of a sustainable emotion

Searching for meaning in product usage
ByGerald C. Cupchik

chapter 3|12 pages

A renaissance of animism

A meditation on the relationship between things and their makers
ByMichael Leube

chapter 4|16 pages

The object of nightingales

Design values for a meaningful material culture
ByStuart Walker

chapter 5|14 pages

Challenges of the cultural differentiation of technology

ByPetran Kockelkoren

chapter 6|14 pages

Sustainable product design

An oxymoron?
ByClive Dilnot

part II|95 pages

Agents of change

chapter 7|11 pages

Sustainable thinking

ByAaris Sherin

chapter 8|15 pages

Engaging designers in sustainability

ByVicky Lofthouse

chapter 9|18 pages

Design for sustainable behaviour

ByDebra Lilley, Garrath T. Wilson

chapter 10|15 pages

Mending broken promises in sustainable design

ByAlex Lobos

chapter 11|13 pages

Sharing, materialism, and design for sustainability

ByRussell Belk

chapter 12|19 pages

A journey of two designers

ByYorick Benjamin

part III|73 pages

Materials and processes

chapter 13|9 pages

Conflict minerals and the politics of stuff

ByColin Fitzpatrick

chapter 14|16 pages

Materially yours

ByElvin Karana, Elisa Giaccardi, Valentina Rognoli

chapter 15|14 pages

Mediating matters

ByNick Gant

chapter 16|14 pages

Print to repair

3D printing and product repair
ByMiles Park

chapter 17|16 pages

Unmaking waste

ByRobert Crocker

part IV|92 pages

User experience

chapter 18|11 pages

Emotional sustainability

ByDeana McDonagh

chapter 19|16 pages

Pleasant experiences and sustainable design

ByJuan Carlos Ortíz Nicolás

chapter 20|18 pages

Surprising longevity

BySilvia Grimaldi

chapter 21|19 pages

Design for sustainable use using principles of behaviour change

ByCasper Boks, Johannes Zachrisson Daae

chapter 22|14 pages

Hacking the probe-head

Manipulations for social sustainability
ByOtto von Busch

chapter 23|10 pages

Transitions in sociotechnical conditions that afford usership

Sustainable who?
ByCameron Tonkinwise

part V|106 pages

Systems and services

chapter 24|11 pages

Product service systems and the future of design

ByTracy Bhamra, Ricardo J. Hernandez

chapter 25|17 pages

A consumer’s perspective on the circular economy

ByRuth Mugge

chapter 26|14 pages

Designing circular possessions

ByWeston Baxter, Peter Childs

chapter 27|18 pages

Which way to turn?

Product longevity and business dilemmas in the circular economy
ByTim Cooper

chapter 28|20 pages

How about dinner?

Concepts and methods in designing for sustainable lifestyles
ByAnnelise de Jong, Ramia Maze

chapter 29|22 pages

The Sustainable Energy for All Design Scenario

ByCarlo Vezzoli, Elisa Bacchetti

part VI|90 pages

Design futures

chapter 30|18 pages

From good to the greater good

ByAnna Pohlmeyer, Pieter Desmet

chapter 31|15 pages

Plans and speculated actions

Design, behaviour and complexity in sustainable futures
ByDan Lockton, Veronica Ranner

chapter 32|12 pages

From product design to relational design

Adding ‘jeong’ to the metadesigner’s vocabulary
ByJohn Wood

chapter 33|13 pages

Products of the open design context

ByPaul Micklethwaite

chapter 34|13 pages

Promoting sustainability through mindful design

ByKristina Niedderer

chapter 35|15 pages

Design for social innovation and new product contexts

ByNicola Morelli