- Meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
- The characteristic of being able to co-exist with another system indefinitely, without either system being damaged.
Sustainable Design – ‘A new and uncomfortable space for many designers to occupy’ – Valeria Casey
‘Most things are not designed for the needs of people but for the needs of the manufacturers to sell to people’. – Papanek
‘Cheap Fashion comes at a cost far beyond what we pay at the tills’ – Matilda Lee
The UK produces 250’000 tonnes of textiles waste every year.
- The Hannover Principles – is a set of statements about designing buildings and objects with forethought about their environmental impact, their effect on the sustainability of growth, and their overall impact on society.
- Insist on the right of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy, supportive, diverse and sustainable condition.
- Recognize interdependence.
- Respect relationships between spirit and matter.
- Accept responsibility for the consequences of design decisions upon human well-being, the viability of natural systems and their right to co-exist.
- Create safe objects of long-term value.
- Eliminate the concept of waste.
- Rely on natural energy flows.
- Understand the limitations of design.
- Seek constant improvement by the sharing of knowledge.
Some companies to consider:
People Tree – Paying a living wage rather than exploiting them
Marks and Spencers – Plan A – ‘Doing the right thing’ Becoming the most sustainable retailer
Jez Eaton – Roadkill Couture is a collection of garments created using parts of animals that have died naturally, for example victims of Roadkill.