Novi, Mich. — Implementing sustainable ideas for products needs to start in the design phase, according to two experts from Teel Plastics LLC.
During the design phase, molders like Baraboo, Wis.-based Teel can educate customers on different strategies to create a sustainable life cycle for products, according to Christian Herrild, director of growth strategies, and Steve Schick, chief technical officer. That also includes allowing customers to understand they can say no to certain materials being used in their products.
Herrild and Schick spoke Sept. 20 at the Injection Molding & Design Expo in Novi.
Sustainability should be happening at the beginning of the process and throughout all phases, including design, manufacturing and development. Processors can help customers by asking questions about how the products will be used, whether it can be reused and how it ultimately will be recycled or disposed.
Molders can help implement proven systems that reduce waste, identify what can being recycled and what is necessary for design purposes.