Impact of Environmental Regulation on Product Design

Access the Environmental Protection Agency (www.EPA.Gov) to read about the U.S. government’s commitment to environmental design. In a one to two page paper provide examples of how an environmental regulation has affected a product design.

Example: The US government has enacted laws concerning cars and trucks. This greatly affects the automotive industry both positively and negatively.

Do you feel the increase in regulation is good for the consumers, manufacturers, and the market? What can companies do about it?

Environmental regulations affect product designs in many ways. Companies adjust their product designs to comply with existing regulations, and that has a positive impact on individuals, communities and the environment.

For example, EPA’s environmental regulation on pesticides results on the production of pesticides with little chemicals. This results in less contamination of food for consumption. Consumers will benefit from less harmful food. Pesticides will also have less impact on the environment.

EPA’s regulation on air pollution through the Clean Air Act also affects product design for items that rely on fuel. For example, implementation of green sources of energy such as Biogas or solar energy as alternatives to fuel-based energy sources may result in energy efficiency, which is good for people and the environment.

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