Print Email Facebook Twitter Design of an Environmentally Friendly Bamboo Toy Title Design of an Environmentally Friendly Bamboo Toy Author Nachmany, G. Contributor Brezet, J.C. (mentor) Gielen, M.A. (mentor) Faculty Industrial Design Engineering Department Integrated Product Design Programme Design for Sustainability Date 2010-08-23 Abstract Since the dawn of time, play has been a joyful and experience-oriented method of acquiring knowledge and skills. Toys and games have been an essential part of each and every human culture around the globe, accompanying us from birth to old-age, fulfilling different roles over the course of human life. In the same way, toys have had great effect on the development of individuals and consequently of cultures; since the emergence of the industrial revolution, play has left its sign on the ecosystem. This can be attested by the fact that the world toy market valued at $78 billion in 2008. Hence, this graduation assignment aims to focus on the exploration of ways to address the challenge of elevating the sustainable aspect of products and services in the field of joyful and experiential means of knowledge acquisition, in order to design market-leader solutions based in social responsibility. Technologically, the focus would be on bamboo, as an environmentally friendly renewable material. The aim of this graduation assignment is twofold, Technological and Substantial (that is, pertaining to Content). The goal is to develop a sustainable toy, product, system or service-oriented solution, as an environmentally friendly means for joyful and experiential knowledge and skill acquisition, while the sustainable values of playing correspond to contextual, technological and commercial environmental measures. This, with the intention of elaborating the WBCSD approach of "creating more with less impact "toward "creating more value with less (environmental) impact1". The goals of the sustainable toy design are a design of a bamboo toy within a context which creates a balanced blend of the following: Substance - Commitment to social responsibility today and for the coming generations. Technology - Implementation of technology-based ecological considerations. Economy - Reliance on profit-based market appeal upon market forces. The parameter for successful merger of these three would be, in the words of the WCED, "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs2”. - Can toys leave behind a positive footprint on our environment, just as they left in our minds? - 1. WBCSD (2000), Eco-efficiency - Creating more with less impact, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development. 2000. Eco-efficiency . Creating More with Less Impact, www.wbcsd.org 2. NGO Committee on Education, comp. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future. Rep. 42nd ed. Vol. A. Ser. 427. Geneva: UN Documents: Gathering a Body of Global Agreements, 1987. Subject toysustainabilitybamboo To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:5d4a3059-63dd-485e-991f-5b9a44f181db Embargo date 2011-08-23 Access restriction Campus only Part of collection Student theses Document type master thesis Rights (c) 2010 Nachmany, G.