Paolo CARRARA, Walter MORANDI, Eleonora TANDOI


Sustainability is a top priority for the EU community. A valuable innovation framework, that combines TRIZ with sustainability 5Rs principles, can help to meet innovation needs by proving a structured approach to design sustainable innovation solutions. The framework suggests strategies to design sustainable and innovative solutions for new and greener products/services or processes. The theoretical approach has been tested with a pilot project with an Italian SME. The company reached a strong decrease in virgin material consumption, the elimination of high impact material and the opportunity to establish a new “circular economy” business model based on reusable products that previously would have been destroyed. The adoption of this framework will boost the knowledge, awareness and mindset among companies about sustainability and innovation.

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