Art Center Summit 2010: Projects & Partnerships in Sustainable Design

Christine Purcell

Graduate Industrial Design 2009

Christine Purcell aims to develop innovative and meaningful solutions to unmet human and societal needs. Through her design, she aspires to enhance lives, finding ways to bring joy and meaning, increase safety and health, and improve sustainability.


EcoPrint Home Printing System


Art Center Student Gallery
Featured in Product Design In the Sustainable Era, Taschen 2010

Product Description

EcoPrint is a home printing system that makes it easy and rewarding to save paper for the average American family. It is comprised of a physical printer product as well as a sophisticated user interface.

People desire less of a negative impact on the environment—but only if it’s easy for them. Most are not willing to make major changes to their routines in order to save resources. EcoPrint takes human behavior into consideration by making saving paper and recourses simple. It also provides a green solution to an existing manufacturers line of products, and helps the brand image by showing concern for environmental issues. 

Sustainable Goals & Strategies

The EcoPrint user interface makes saving resources easy and rewarding for the customer, but also helps people save resources. For example, smaller print jobs can be compiled so there is no need to waste a whole sheet. The physical printer product is made from a biocomposite rather than ABS, which nearly eliminates petroleum in its processing. At the end of the product’s lifecycle, the customer can be eligible to buy an upgrade if they follow the end of life recycling instructions.