What is Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design Key words: ethical, recycle, innovation, next generation, zero waste, ecological, green, renewable, great design, new age, maximising effectiveness, minimal.

“development that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs” (Sustainable Development: From Brundtland to Rio 2012)

Material circularity is the new model for product creation. It is design that considers the whole lifecycle of a product so that their is zero waste. Recycling by itself only postpones the discarding of the raw material to landfill. Material Circularity allows the raw material to be extracted and re-used.

Designers also have to consider the speed the product has. An angora bunny rabbit hat is slow because it is custom made by hand and lasts for years. A Primark T-shirt is fast, it is made quickly and is used for a short amount of time.

Textile Environment Design (TED)  is a campaign UAL are involved in and they have created The TEN:

1.Design to minimise waste                                                7.Design for ethical production

2. Design for cyclability                                                     8.Design to reduce the need to consume

3. Design to reduce chemical impacts                             9.Design to dematerialise systems

4.Design to reduce energy and water use                      10. Design activism

5. Design that explores clean/better technologies

6.Design that takes models from nature and history


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