Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The 'S' word...

Did you guess it? Yes... Sustainability!!! This has been defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" by the World Commission on the Environment & Development.

I am now back at college for the year and am doing an environmental sustainability subject, so this is very relevant!! We have discussed many concepts including the lifecycle analysis of various materials/products as well as how to identify & specify various sustainable materials when designing. One of the phrases that is heard over and over again is 'reduce, re-use & recycle'. I have always been a huge fan of re-using products and giving old items a new lease of life - whether it be a piece of furniture, decorative item or fabric. This is an extremely easy way to minimise waste and negate the need to purchase new products.

I love seeing how other people explore this concept and how amazingly creative so many people are. Last week I had a lovely comment from Brigitta at Duo {who has some amazing sustainable finds in interiors, fashion & more}, and that is where I came across the designer whose work is pictured above. The plates are a concept called "Rehabilitated Dishware" by Sarah Cihat. She describes her work as "an exercise in sustainability that reincarnates existing products" - you have to admit, these are truly special dinner plates - and are recycled nonetheless!!!

Kelly xxx


  1. I wonder where this movement will take us next? It is amazing what people are creating.

  2. Perhaps the saying should go "reduce, re-use, recycle & rehabilitate". Ha. That might get us all thinking twice about what we use and what we throw away.

    Thanks for your lovely mention. I hope you come back to duo again to see more. Especially since you're studying sustainable design - maybe you can send me some tips too :)


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