Sally Hill | 28.07.10
‘So not your average designer’, Sophie Thomas is an agitator of the everyday. An active campaigner for sustainability in the design industry, she stirs things up and get people talking, challenging, changing and creating. She sees her biggest design challenge as helping to re-design society and inspire a mind shift towards a happier and sustainable future.
Over the past twelve years, as founding director of thomas.matthews Sophie has led and delivered a vast array of award winning projects across the world. Through her work and writing she has strived to demonstrate how creativity can inspire people to change behaviour.
Sophie plays a vocal part in promoting sustainable thinking in design and is a co-founder of the social enterprise ‘Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest’, which is building resources for the communication design community, enabling sustainable practice.
Sophie also worked with partner Matthews on No Shop, a three-day installation for Friends of the Earth that tackled issues of consumerism and consumption. Last year she helped to set up and run Greengaged an organisation helping to advance the design industry’s capacity to respond to environmental challenges through knowledge sharing.
Leading by doing, Sophie is dedicated to sustainable design and determined to make a difference. Here’s her take on the issues she’s working on.
Kenneth Hill | 13.05.11
All of us at Greenhouse are really inspired by these biodegradable packaging designs (with built-in seeds!) from young designer Ben Huttley of Bournemouth. He writes:
"Through experimentation and innovation I have developed a form of packaging that is 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable. If the packaging is discarded it will have a positive effect on the environment due to the seed embedded biodegradable paper. The twine used to secure the product and label is natural cotton and 100 percent biodegradable. The labels themselves have been produced using a laser cutting machine. This eliminates the use of harmful printing ink, as well as giving the packaging an esthetically pleasing organic look and feel. "
Find out more on Ben's blog.
In case you missed them, these are the stories that caught our attention this week:
A group of businesses, politicians and green campaigners are calling on David Cameron to act in the battle over government's climate change targets, which threaten the UK's future emissions cuts. From Fiona Harvey & T.Macalister at the Guardian http://gu.com/p/2p2ty/tf
Mr. Cameron also got dinged big time by Jonathon Porritt and a group of other environmentalists who said the likelihood of the government living up to the promise made almost a year ago was "vanishingly remote." http://gu.com/p/2zqd2/tw
We loved the tweet from @robintransition letting us know that climate scientists are mad and are now rapping about it! http://youtu.be/LiYZxOlCN10
Vibrant energy flows? Who knew. Very interesting piece from @sustahood on re-imagining and renewing society based on vibrant energy flows http://bit.ly/m9uHSx
3 June 2011 is the deadline to enter the @SoilAssociation Association Organic Food Awards. An expert panel of judges including chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and specialists, celebrity foodies and others will award the best organic products across 12 categories to create greater public awareness of the values of organic production, positive food culture, and the range and quality of organic food and drink available. http://bit.ly/iS55SE
Our media specialist Sophie Rivett-Carnac is a bit obsessed about packaging (ok, we all are) and loved the Sunday Times business story about a new type of corrugated box from DS Smith that provides "the same strength as run-of-the-mill models but with less material." (paywall) http://thetim.es/kXGmbY
HJ Fantaskis | 26.09.12
Occasionally, while you're digging and sifting through the Internet for one thing, you can come across something quite unexpected, but utterly fantastic.
Angela Morelli is an Information Designer. She's passionate about design, sustainability and, here, our water footprint.
This is her most recent post - Virtual Water: an infographic story.
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