Sustainable Design: Vacuum + Leaf Blower = V-Flower

In this project oriented class, my teammates and I developed a multifunctional device replacing both the vacuum and leaf blower. Our goal was to design a product with minimal environmental impact when measured from cradle to grave. We accomplished this by combining two separate products that are closely related. This created fewer overall parts, and we took into consideration ease of assembly and disassembly for the sake of recyclability. I was in charge of financial comparisons of materials that can be used and finding appropriate sustainable manufacturing processes. I used the Okala standard via Sustainable Minds software to enhance the design of our product.