Sustainable forestry manages our forests so that they are felled* and replaced with seedlings* that then grow into mature trees. Sustainable forests do not only produce natural material but are also touristic places where walkers and hikers are consequently visiting.
There are many regions around the world that produce wood based products through sustainable forests such as South-east Asia, Pacific Northwest region of the US, Scotland, Upper Peninsula, China, and Vietnam. I believe that sustainable forestry is a good initiative that ensures that forests are constantly renewed and always providing natural materials for us. This entry was posted in Anglais Seconde, Seconde, Sustainable Development by Valentine Pen.


In Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart make a similar case for how sustainable practices need to be implemented. One of the biggest challenges that graphic designers face is educating their clients about sustainable practices. Imagine the best possible destiny for your design and visualize the process of every phase from the final destination of your product at the end of its life cycle back to the design studio. When companies claim to be ecofriendly based on a myopic view of sustainability and without looking at all the implications of their actions, they may end up being guilty of greenwashing—the practice of “spinning” their products and policies as environmentally friendly, such as by presenting cost cuts as reductions in use of resources.
In addition to these factors there are other phases of the life cycle of products that need to be examined.


McDonough and Braungart feel that when designers employ the intelligence of natural systems—the effectiveness of nutrient cycling, the abundance of the sun’s energy—they can create products and systems that allow nature and commerce to fruitfully co-exist. To really determine the sustainability or carbon footprint of a product, one needs to follow it through its entire life cycle.
Questions need to be raised about how much fuel is being used for shipping, what the final end product is, how long the life cycle is, and how long before the product ends up as waste.



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