life cycle analysis

As part of a class about sustainable production methods we where asked to investigate the life cycle of a product we owned.

I chose my favorite pair of sneakers. 

By dismanteling the sneaker I learned about all its different components and materials. Then by making a process tree I was able to identify the different environmental impacts it had along its life cycle, from raw material to end of life

After researching the current production method of the product, I proposed these changes to be made in order to minimize its environmental impacts. This exercise completely changed my approach to product design by allowing me to understand the implications of my choices as a designer. Life cycle thinking is second nature to me now