Interior Design Declares - one year in!
The end of March '22 marked the end of our first year as a community working together to improve our industry's shocking impact on the climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.
"The UK construction industry contributes 25 million tonnes of waste to landfill every year. 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." *
Interior Design Declares is a community of interior design practices - small and large - as well as suppliers of goods and services to our industry. We recognise we need to share learnings and learn together encourage our supply chains to improve.
The great news is we have just had our 150th signatory.
It's been a wonderful experience to be a Founder member and see the whole thing set up - and working with fellow interior designers who are also passionate to improve our industry. We're a voluntary group and meet monthly. Our group has evolved into a Steering Group now as people have shifted around. Our objective is to get the maximam impact - by attending panel discussions, talks, podcasts - whatever we can to extend our reach and influence others.
We’ve taken part in successful, well attended events – which generated new members and lots of debate – at WasteBuild, Planted, Surface Design Show, FutureBuild, BIID Annual Conference ‘22 – Sustainability Showcase, Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP)
We’ve continued to contribute to the Built Environment Declares steering group – and have done another funding round to raise money to expand the information on our website - which is live now and where you can read more on the UK Declaration.
We are also running the Global declaration and encouraging other countries to join us. So far we have been joined by Finland. Declarations from Egypt, USA and Australia are in the pipeline.
If you are reading this and want to join or help to set up a declation for the design industry in your country - we'd really welcome you! Please apply here.
* Source: Hawken, P., Lovins, E and Lovins, H, Natural, Capitalism – Creating the next Industrial Revolution, Little Brown and Co., 1999 369pp.