Sustainability Lecture – 23rd October

Sustainability

  • 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.
  1. Insist on the right of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy, supportive, diverse and sustainable condition.
  2. Recognize interdependence.
  3. Respect relationships between spirit and matter.
  4. Accept responsibility for the consequences of design decisions upon human well-being, the viability of natural systems and their right to co-exist.
  5. Create safe objects of long-term value.
  6. Eliminate the concept of waste.
  7. Rely on natural energy flows.
  8. Understand the limitations of design.
  9. 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.

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