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  1. Positive ripples from my Climate Literacy Training

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    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

  2. Now Living Future Accredited

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    For the last year I've been studying the Living Building Challenge curriculum - which is a whole host of courses on Regenerative Design...

    1. Living Building Challenge - Full, Imperative and Petal certification - for new, existing buildings, interior and landscapes
    2. Living Community Challenge - regenerative communities
    3. Living Product Challenge - regenerative and social just products
    4. Biophilic Design
    5. Healthy Materials
    6. Urban Agriculture
    7. Core Green Building Certification
    8. Declare label - ‘nutrition label’ for healthier building materials and products
    9. Just label - Tools to promote corporate transparency and employee engagement while helping to create a better, more socially just and equitable world
    10. Reveal label - high performance building energy label
    11. Zero Carbon - standard to measure actual decarbonisation of a building design - embodied and operational
    12. Zero Energy - independently verified highly efficient buildings that rely only on clean energy from the sun, wind or earth 


    Learning through case studies I've learnt "what good looks like". 

    The study has deepened my understanding and knowledge of regenerative design, along with appreciation of the wide span of tools to use to certify products, projects and communities provided by the International Living Future Institute.  I'm now Living Future Accredited.


  3. Materialise Interiors is now a Certified B Corporation!

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    B Corp Materialise Interiors
    When I first heard about B Corp I was instantly interested after working for an ethical business for so long. Much of it echoed with what The Body Shop International did - monitored by themselves. I could see from inside the business that it wasn't always the most convenient set of requirements - but it kept the business true to its purpose and I respected and admired The Body Shop greatly for being authentic and true to their values and purpose in business.
    My own business I set up straight from leaving The Body Shop was based on what I'd learnt there in the previous 10 years. Respect for those who I do business with, banking, what impact my own business has through the work I do, and minimising the impact on people, planet and animals.
    The Body Shop have gone on to be the largest BCorp as part of their owning company Natura .... and guess what....
    After nearly 9 months I'm so glad to tell you I have completed the process with a score of 98 (far higher than the 80 points required). I have just signed the B Corporation certification declaration. This micro interior design business consisting of me working part time at best thanks to volunteering duties and book writing for @RIBA is now a B Corp too! It means a lot to me to achieve this as such a tiny business.
    I know that badges are not necessary and we can do it all anyway (because I've been doing that for nearly 18 years) but It's a much needed boost after quite bumpy times in business which I have been fortunate to survive. I want to be part of something positive and connect to those other businesses through this movement, to improve faster and together and to influence those around us.  

    I've done it to show if I can do it - it's possible for any size of business.
    So if you are reading this, please start the process .....

    1.  At least back the Better Business Act and push for the Companies Act to include people, planet as well as profit (free!)

    2.  Set UNSDG goals using the SDG tool (free!)

    3.  Start the B Corp process using the B Lab Impact Assessment tool (free!)

    Just requires effort!



    Chloe Bullock | Materialise Interiors — Animal, human and planet friendly interior design | Brighton's award winning BIID Registered Interior Designer® | VEGANDESIGNORG CERTIFIED™ | FitWel ®
    Ambassador | 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