A better example of a choice that can bring in a huge impact is in roofing, specifically a new type of roof tile designed by Boral Roofing in the US. The reinvented tiles have a titanium oxide coating that will convert nitrous dioxide a harmful contributor of smog into a fertilising salt that will wash away. Designing twists on existing products that will help combat pollution and reduce smog will always bet better than creating standalone anti pollution measures.
Not to simply have a go at the effects of consumerism and the creation of new products, that would be kind of shooting ourselves in the foot. As Industrial Designers here in Melbourne we continually evaluate how we design and use our unique position to positively influence the impact products have on the environment around us. If you would like to know more about how we could help reduce your products impact please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 9939 8880.