One remarkable solution to obtain social and environmental sustainability is suggested by Hayden. In the ever-increasing bustle of the world today, women are increasingly becoming part of the industrialized and commercialized workforce. This is a very good sign that should not be ignored.
However, double-standards still exist in society. Women, though they are part of the working population, are expected to be homemakers. Although they have careers of their own, still they are expected to look after and manage responsibilities at home. In Hayden’s article, she proposes a way to eliminate this inequality.
She suggests that housing plans be modified to a more welcoming layout that will fit the lifestyles of many working women whether they be in a marriage or single parents. This proposition is agreeable for the simplicity that it projects. Houses and city plans will be remodeled in a way that will make it easier for women and men to work in the office and at home.
In each community, is a city living independently from the outside yet living dependently within the houses that are part of it. Sustainability can be thus achieved by making each unit as effective as the other and thus, making life easier and less complicated.Furthermore, transportation should be modified in a way that less time will be spent on travel.
This is also taken into consideration in the housing plan. Since less travel, less expenses, easier accommodations and less stressful work definitions are obtained by these new blueprints of cities, equality between the sexes is achieved and at the same time, sustainability is accomplished. Proposals such as the one mentioned above should be initiated by the government, thus urging the citizens to comply with new strategies of sustainable lifestyles.Another way of employing sustainability is the production of more flexible and useful products for the home such as appliances.
Majority of people usually replace their worn-out and unusable machines and other utilities at home. And what do they do with them? They are wasted and discarded into the garbage bin where they add to the bulking wastes that the government has been having a hard time to dispose. This high replacement frequency of commercial products gives the people working to have sustainability in the society.As long as the society recklessly continues producing waste, a true sustainable society will never be achieved. Basically, the lifetime of a product is a result of the consumer’s decision and is not based on the product’s quality design.
It will be very difficult to assess what factors makes a person purchase a product for replacement of another one in his possession especially if the old product is still working properly. This is different, however, if the product to be replaced is already broken and useless. The owner by then is required to replace it with another.On the other hand, studies have determined that the most important characteristic of a product is its wear and tear property. The wear and tear property pushes the customer to replace an existing product at his home.
Another factor that may affect the replacement frequency is new desires where the customer, on the other hand, is pulled to buy and replace the product just because his emotions tell him to do so. Thus, design strategy in every product is important to reduce this replacement frequency. Manufacturers who advocate sustainability will somehow find ways to make their products last long.Nevertheless, there are still manufacturers that do not want the replacement frequency of their items to go down, since for them, frequency of replacement means increase in profits.
Sustainable manufacturers however, come up with good solutions in preserving their products. One example is the ease of reparability of the product. Designers try to create products that can be repaired with no required skill and therefore, can be repaired by the persons who have purchased the items. Due to this ease in repairing, the desire to replace the product declines and so, less garbage is tossed outside the home.
Another good solution to the high replacement frequency in society is the ease of upgradability. Upgradability of a product can be as easy as uploading files from the computer thus, making it easy for the consumers. Truly, many factors have affected the replacement frequency of different products, each product having a range of factors as well. It is therefore, very complex to cater to all the factors to reduce replacement.
The only tangible and most effective so far is to increase a product’s storage life as much as the manufacturers can do.