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    When I wrote the proposal for Sustainable Interior Design - I was outlining the book that I really wanted to read - but it didn’t exist. A book I felt my industry really needed to support its sustainability path. I was in the  fortunate position to have been approach ed by RIBA Publishing to write a book for the interior design industry and the title was always going to say clearly what it was.

    I know there is a strong desire for my fellow designers to work more sustainably - hear it at panel discussions all the time, plus seeing the amount of designers joining the Interior Design Declares pledge (now 300 of us). Within my professional body - the British Institute of Interior Design (a non-profit organisation, owned and governed by its members) we have a healthy number of committee members on the Sustainability Committee where we support our fellow members with practical guidance as well as rewarding the excellent examples in the industry each year with a dedicated Sustainability Award (in memory of committee member Anna Whitehead) in the BIID Awards. 

    Interior designers have often very naturally worked sustainably without consciously doing so. Opting for vintage and antique items, Reupholstering furniture. Encouraging better quality things are invested in that will have a longer life. Accurately fulfilling a client brief. Budgets have sometimes meant creatively reusing items or finishes in a space. Sadly none of this is making much of a difference upon the huge negative impact of our industry, Our designs are at the whim of marketing in the form of trends or rebranding - or the pursuit of newness or simply new ownership of a space.  The frequency of a revamp of a space can happen far earlier than its lifespan duration, with a high turnover of materials and effort in the process. Our industry uses such a broad palette of materials including stone, wood, metal, fibres and plastic - which each have impact, are mostly not renewable or circular - and produce carbon dioxide emissions, and involve extraction, drilling, mining, natural resources, water and toxic chemicals. And then there’s the exploitation of people and animals in our supply chains too. The interior designer’s designs and specifications can harm people, planet and animals - OR conversely they can support them to thrive -  what an exciting opportunity to have a positive influence! My own motivation in my work now is to be a voice for the voiceless in our industry - the people, animals and future generations.


    I have been a designer for three decades. I know how busy designers are. I also know we are trained to problem solve through the application of design. I also know that Sustainability can seem daunting. I could see Perfection Paralysis happening, and therefore no subsequent action happening at at. It’s impossible to do it all perfectly, so why even try? I could see there was the need for ways into sustainable interior design to be laid out and demonstrated, to show what is possible, for designers (and architects!) to use as project goals. I’ve been very fortunate to have come into sustainability very early in my career. My own journey has been via Vegan Design and the Circular Economy, but I can see we all have different motivations and values that draw us in. So in the book I have explored eleven approaches and have researched  international examples of buildings, spaces and products to demonstrate sustainable interior design beautifully, and inspire us all to work in a better way.  Because the interior design industry plays a huge part in this grim industry statistic - so I hope this book inspires action - and plenty of it, however imperfectly.


    Worldwide, the construction industry contributes to 

    50% of all climate change,

    40% of drinking water pollution, 

    23% of air pollution and 

    50% of landfill waste.


    Fact reference:

    RSA, Mykor start up,and%2050%25%20of%20landfill%20waste. 2022, (accessed 18 October 2022). ‘How Can We Improve The Negative Impact Construction Has On The Environment?’, Procure Partnerships Framework,

    <> 13 May 2012, (accessed 18 October 2022).


    Last January I took Jen Gale of @sustainableish ‘s #ClimateLiteracy course. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

    With all CL courses, at the end you make a commitment to do something afterwards. One of mine was moving my pension to be more transparent and ethical (thank you @mindfulwealthuk ) another was to ask my software suppliers to help me to track carbon.

    So I asked Mydoma Studio ….and they listened and were completely supportive….and they have just added CO2e to then product information box to fill in.

    So now when I add a product to my digital library to use in projects, I can add the CO2e value and it is totalled up in the same way the monetary budget is 🎉✨

    Thank you so much for listening to Sarah, Dixie and the Mydoma Studio team!
    This seemly small chance is really going to help me to measure and reduce the impact of projects. I’m also hope it will serve as a nudge to fellow designers to use it and for our suppliers to give us the measurements too 💚

    Now I just need @freeagentapp to do the same so I can measure my business’s operational carbon! Surely I’m not the only business wanting to do that 🤔

    Chloe Bullock | Materialise Interiors — Animal, human and planet friendly interior design | Brighton’s award winning BIID Registered Interior Designer® | B Corp Certified® | Vegan Design Certified™ | PETA’s Compassionate Designer ‘23 | FRSA | interior design Sussex and South East | homes and businesses | #interiordesignerbrighton #interiordesignbrighton #interiordesignsussex #humancentreddesign #designforhealthandwellness #greendesign #responsibledesign #compassionateinteriordesign #sustainabledesign #ecodesign #consciousdesign #vegandesign #veganinteriordesign #regenerativedesign #materialiseinteriors #interiordesign #LivingFutureAccredited #bcorp

  3. CPD award 23 terrace at RIBA HQ


    Me with my BIID CPD award '23 on the terrace at the RIBA HQ in London yesterday ✨🎉
    I'm a big advocate for education. My retired parents worked in education.
    This profession is a pretty scary one without one. Interior design is unregulated, anyone can be an interior designer. It's a profession that requires a lot of learning. Apart from anything, we expose ourselves to risk when working for clients. Continued learning is essential in my opinion as is membership of the government recognised institute for our profession - the British Institute of Interior Design
    I'm extremely grateful for my free education, and am concerned for those who now can't seek out their potential in the way we were able. Course fees are so high. We did voice our concern and anger about it when fees and student loans came in. I worry we didn't do it enough though.
    I haven't stopped learning since leaving university 30 years ago.
    From converting to interior design to learning about business and marketing, to following all my interests within sustainability - exploring vegan design, human centric design and regenerative design, taking lots of courses to support that.
    Sharing knowledge (and collaborating!) is vital to speeding along change in the face of the climate and biodiversity crisis we are in.
    Please join us by signing the pledge at where we can help each other.
    THE reason for joining the BIID was to formalise this learning, supplemented by their own range of continuing professional development courses. I've diligently recorded all of my CPD every year - because for the whole 10 years I've been a member - I have wanted to win this CPD award - and now I have!!
    Thank you to my friend and past BIID president Lori Pinkerton Rollet for encouraging me to join all those years ago 😍
    Thank you too for all the support I've had from the BIID community for the book I'm writing for RIBA Publishing on sustainable interior design.
    And WELL DONE and THANK YOU to past president Susie Rumbold who received the Merit Award yesterday for all she has done for designers and our industry. I hope you've all bought a copy of the BIID Interior Design Project Book!