“on a scale of 1 to 500 years, how much do you actually need that? “
Emily Ehlers, illustrator, writer & environmentalist
It is estimated by European Commission research that “over 80% of all product-related environmental impacts are determined during the design phase of a product”.
As a freelance sportswear designer responsible for the exciting, initial creation of garments in an industry responsible for 8% of carbon emissions (UN Environment, 2019) I recognise my huge responsibility to our environment. It is because of this that I’m committed to reducing my negative environmental and social impact, both professionally and personally.
As such I will encourage all my clients, suppliers and partners to adopt sustainable and responsible practices, after all, we all live here.
In my office I will ensure I always switch off all lights and electrical equipment when not in use and adjust the heating with energy consumption in mind, always sticking on an extra hoody first.
When I need to buy something new I’ll try to evaluate the environmental impact of any products I want to purchase and really consider whether they are needed.
Favouring more environmentally friendly, efficient and independent products wherever possible, championing the small and local means I get to make more freelancers and small business do a happy dance.
I’ll minimise the use of excess paper in the office and reuse and recycle all paper whether this is as more todo lists, garment sketches or doodle pages for the more the 'junior' members of my team. And when I do run out I will only buy recycled and recyclable paper products.
As much as I love seeing my clients I’ll try to reduce unnecessary travel where possible and instead promote travel alternatives such as email or zoom or phone chats. If I do need to travel I will walk, run, cycle or use public transport wherever possible.
Most importantly I will invest the time to continue to learn not only how to improve and reduce my environmental impact but also how to make positive steps towards a better future both as a designer and a human.
“The people in power don’t need conferences, treaties or agreements to start taking real climate action.
They can start today. When enough people come together, then change will come and we can achieve almost anything.
So instead of looking for hope - start creating it. Now the real work begins, and we will never give up, ever. “
Greta Thunberg, Climate and environmental activist