Life Cycle Analysis Driven Design

Sustainable design is incredibly on trend right now and even more so in the outdoor industry. However many products claims to sustainability can be empty unless there are metrics the design can be judged on. The Zong camp chair uses design methodologies developed from applying Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to reduce the ecological footprint of the traditional camp chair. These reductions to the chairs footprint are made through design strategies developed from the LCA analysis of the original chair.


Performing a LCA of a traditional camp chair the redesign goals focus on dematerializing the sources of raw materials. In the pre-existing camp chair, All the materials are able to be recycled however because of its construction the user would be unable to disassemble the chair for recycling. The second goal to design a more sustainable camp chair is increasing the utility of the chair by diversifying it’s uses.


Design Goals: Dematerialize, Source Reduction, Recyclable, Increased Utility 

The redesigned camp chair named Zong because of its references to the traditional Chinese rice dumpling is designed for the experience of picnicking. The chair can work as a picnic basket, a seat or you can fold it down into a blanket. 

Zongs LCA has been greatly simplified compared to the traditional camp chair because its only uses recycled PET and HDPE. This reduction of the amount materials makes the chair incredibly easy to recycle because it can be placed into any traditional plastic recycling stream.