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  • Daniel Clucas

SDS 2023

Updated: Feb 22

Just wrapped up an inspiring visit to the Sustainable Design Summit, and I'm super excited about the innovation happening across the sector, and looking forward to shaping the future of sustainability in travel. 

There were some really thought-provoking keynote speakers and round-table workshops, and it was great to speak with other passionate individuals, all committed to shaping a greener, more sustainable future for aviation, cruise and hotels. 

My Key Takeaways:

1 - Use your influence: We heard again and again how sustainable decisions at the beginning of the process were undone later in the process - like using glue to permanently attach recyclable cladding panels to walls. As Designers we have a unique vantage point and can oversee the entire journey of implementing new interiors - from selecting materials through the physical product design to the final production, and we have to make sure every decision takes the entire ecosystem into account.

2 -  Don't waste your data: Data production is in full swing, from LCAs to EPDs to footprints to emissions, as a Designer you can start to see the impact of your material choices throughout the lifecycle of your designs. But making the data accessible and consistent is key, so that we can make meaningful choices and make sure apples are always being compared to other apples. 

3 - Collaboration in Action: The summit highlighted the power of collaboration. It was wonderful to hear problems and solutions being discussed across the 3 industries, and insightful how similar we all are in our sustainability journey. 

As the summit showed, dustainability isn't just a trend; it's a responsibility we all share. Let's continue to push the boundaries of what's possible and work towards a more sustainable and resilient future.


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