The Office vs the Home

The office vs the home office.

Take a look at multiple perspectives on the two work environments in a recent New York Times Sunday Dialogue:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/opinion/sunday/sunday-dialogue-the-office-vs-the-home.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

A Plastic-Free Life

Courtesy of the Vancouver Sun

How does one live a life without plastic? After learning about massive mounds of plastic waste floating in oceans across the world, Taina Uitto sought to find out.

First, she inventoried all of the plastic in her house, covering the floor of her house’s front room in the process. Then she purged. Uitto is now three years into her quest of plastic-free living. She shares her story and tips with the Vancouver Sun. Also, websites with tips and products for a plastic-free lifestyle are available, such as Life Without Plastic.

What do you think are the sustainability benefits and tradeoffs associated with a plastic-free lifestyle?

Project 2: Business of the Future

Sust Prod Design 9.25-1Students learn about Staples Inc.’s sustainability efforts in the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab at RIT. 

Sustainable Product Design students, with support from Staples Inc., are exploring the ‘business of the future.’ In teams of 4-5, students are investigating current tools, systems and user behavior in different types of office environments (home office, mobile, distributed and corporate) and identifying trends, user needs and possibilities.

The teams will then design an innovative solution for “the business of the future” – a concept that responds to emerging trends around the office and offers sustainable solutions to merging traditional business functions and high mobility as well as digital and analog content. This solution can focus on a specific product, user behavior, or a whole system as well and should align with Staple’s philosophy on sustainability.

Stay posted for updates for project updates.