Analysis of footwear development from the design perspective: Reduction in solid waste generation

Elisa Guerra Ashton


Environmental quality is an increasingly discussed topic, being a global and urgent issue. Among the environmental problems, it is highlighted in this study the great generation of solid waste, especially associated with the footwear production, which is an important sector of the Brazilian economy. In this context, design is considered a potential tool to minimize the negative environmental impacts of this sector. Thus, this research aims to analyze the development and production of shoes from the sustainable design perspective to reduce the leather waste generation. Thus, a case study in a footwear company situated in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul is presented. Data was collected from in loco visit, observation and interviews. Subsequently a content analysis relating the collected data and the theoretical framework is presented. Results demonstrate that the application of concepts and strategies from sustainable design in the development and production of footwear, in the studied company, generated satisfactory results in terms of minimizing leather waste without losing competitiveness.

Keywords: design, sustainability, solid waste, footwear development.

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