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A group of leading interior design practices have joined together to launch Interior Design Declares, part of Construction Declares: a global petition movement uniting all strands of construction and the built environment.
As part of Construction Declares, this global petition movement aims to unite all strands of construction and the built environment. It is both a public declaration of our planet’s environmental crises and a commitment to take positive action in response to climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse.
The built environment is responsible for almost 40% of global CO2 emissions and half of all extracted materials are used in construction (Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction 2019).
MCM is a founding signatory of Interior Design Declares: ‘Interior Design Declares is such an important initiative for our industry,’ MCM Senior Designer, Josie Lees, tells us. ‘It is intentionally open to both designers and suppliers in all sectors, uniting us with a common purpose to combat the climate and biodiversity emergency. Designers cannot specify responsibly if the products do not exist. Suppliers cannot create sustainable products if there is no demand.
‘There is only one planet Earth yet, by 2050, the world will be consuming as if there were three. Everybody in the interior design industry has a shared responsibility to address the climate and biodiversity emergency. Together, our impact can be massive. Wherever your company is on its sustainability journey – whether you’re aiming for net-zero or you’re just getting started – I urge you to sign the declaration and use it as a framework for the way you work in future.’
‘As one of the founders of Interior Design Declares, we want to promote it to other commercial interior design firms to sign up and join,’ adds Ken Giannini, Director at MCM. ‘Be proactive to work together to make a change. This is not an exclusive club, and we want to encourage all of our friends in the industry to unite and work together.’
Other founding signatories include Absolute Project Management, Designed by Woulfe, Elemental Studio, Helen Bainbridge Interior Design, Materialise Interiors, Oliver Heath Design, Persona Abode Interiors and Studio Suss.
Interior Design practices need to be UK-based, with a live website. If you are a supplier, you should be a UK registered business (goods and services) with a live website that includes a sustainability/environmental statement/policy. In both cases, the signatory needs to be a company director.
Go to interiordesigndeclares.com for further information – and look out for more on these initiatives in future issues of Mix Interiors.
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