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.
In the Channel 4 series Man Made Home, Kevin McCloud has gone off grid to build a cabin in the woods. He’s been recycling, re-using and re-purposing to create his very own self-designed and self-built haven, a place where he can unhook himself from the madness of modern life and watch the sun go down.
PART 1: TEXTILES, FASHION, JEWELLERY, METALWORK & GLASS
Held at The Business Design Centre, Islington, London, and now in its 27th year, the New Designers Show has 3,500 graduating designers from 200 colleges presenting their creative output. This show is seen as an important showcase for the UK’s most talented new designers to demonstrate their best work to prospective employers, buyers and studios. New Designers is an essential resource for all who attend and an invaluable springboard for all who exhibit.
We love the show and so last week set off to search out and meet the designers with a sustainable backstory to their designs – we found a number of terrific examples.