This blog has considered some of the ideas around designing for sustainability:
Futures Forum: Slavoj Žižek: on there being "no metaphysical 'beyond' to put our waste" ..... on "the crisis of late capitalism" ..... and on "the comforting mythology of the recycling industry."
Futures Forum: Lewis Mumford: "The physical design of cities and their economic functions are secondary to their relationship to the natural environment."
Much of this is counter to 'business as usual':
Futures Forum: Planned Obsolescence: and The Men Who Made Us Spend
And yet the trends are going the other way:
Futures Forum: Frugal Innovation: on BBC Radio 4's In Business
Futures Forum: The Circular Economy
And more enlightened business is showing great interest:
Design for life, not just for manufacture | Design Council