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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Good Design, Better Business, Cleaner World: A Manual to Help Business Redesign their Products to Lessen their Environmental Impact

26 May 1997

An award winning Australian model dishwasher with the highest (6 Star) energy rating and (Triple A) Standards Australia water conservation rating is now selling well and replacing imports at the high end of the market.

An award winning electric kettle which can achieve total energy savings of up to 25% is also on the market as are other products such an office consumable 'Swap Shop' with a reduced energy consumption of around 80%

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says all the products have one thing in common.

"They have all been redesigned to lessen their environmental impact.

"As part of a Cleaner Production program sponsored by Environment Australia, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Centre for Design has helped companies to redesign their products to reduce environmental impact and improve international competitiveness."

Senator Hill launched the Good Design, Better Business, Cleaner World EcoReDesign manual in Canberra today.

The EcoRedesign processes and products have been documented in an information kit now available to all Australian businesses. The kit contains information on the product redesign exercise, case studies, a step-by-step guide and a resource directory.

"The program shows that quality products can incorporate environmental features without losing their amenity," Senator Hill said.

"It has also demonstrated that there is market value in environmentally conscious design.

"EcoReDesign will ensure companies are at the leading edge and will be a key element in protecting our environment," the Minister said.

Media contact: Matt Brown, 06 277 7640; 0419 693 515

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