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Sustainable development is concerned with satisfying human needs for resources now and in the future without compromising the carrying capacity of the planet. Designers utilize design approaches that support sustainable development across a variety of contexts. A holistic and systematic approach is needed at all stages of design development to satisfy all stakeholders.

In order to develop sustainable products, designers must balance aesthetic, cost, social, cultural, energy, material, health and usability considerations. Triple bottom line sustainability does not only focus on the profitability of an organization or product, but also the environmental and social benefit it can bring. Organizations that embrace triple bottom line sustainability can make significant positive effects to the lives of others and the environment by changing the impact of their business activities.

For Nike, it’s a way to cut one of the largest sources of its carbon emissions; the material, which uses at least half recycled leather, has a carbon footprint 80% lower than traditional leather and uses 90% less water. It’s also lighter than leather, and more durable.

Read more about Nike’s flyleather here