Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Summit London, May 7-8, brought together global experts to share their experience and discuss the latest sustainability challenges faced in 2013. Here’s more from that great gathering – the highlights from the sessions we joined on Day 2:
INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO DEVELOPING NEW SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS
In this session we learned how companies are driving sustainability into product design.
Kimberly-Clark Tom Berry – Head of Sustainability, EMEA
Kimberly-Clark make health and hygiene products, such as Kleenex, Andrex and Huggies. They operate in around 175 countries, so they have a big footprint. They essentially use wood fibre and oil to make products and, in their production, use a lot of energy and water. Also many of their products are disposable, so there’s a lot of waste associated with them.
Picking up from where we left off, here are more of our sustainable favourites from this year’s 100% Design, Earl’s Court, 19-22 Sept 2012.
HOFMAN by Alfredo Ascari and Giacomo Baldini
Manufactured by Oondesign and Santonuovoprint, this prototype consists of triple-layered decorated cardboard. Named Hofman, the multi-functional design can be displayed as an artwork, or can be disassembled to become a shelf and stools.
PART 2: PRODUCT DESIGN, FURNITURE, SPATIAL, GRAPHICS & ILLUSTRATION
We had the enviable task of meeting as many of the exhibitors as possible during our visit to New Designers Part 2. With so much talent and overwhelming enthusiasm from the designers it made it a jam-packed and exhilarating couple of days.
Having had an initial whizz round, so we didn’t miss anything, we went back to delve a little deeper and meet the exhibitors who stood out as having original sustainable solutions.