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The Importance of Sustainable Design

As more people recognize the importance of leading a sustainable lifestyle, efforts to source environmentally friendly products in the fields of fashion, building and product design have increased. Here you can find a special web page featuring a list of some of our most relevant books.

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  1. The Spirit of Design

    Objects, Environment and Meaning

    By Stuart Walker

    Imaginative design will be a crucial factor in enacting sustainability in people's daily lives. Yet current design practice is trapped in consumerist cycles of innovation and production, making it difficult to imagine how we might develop a more meaningful and sustainable rendition of material...

    Published July 17th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Shaping Sustainable Fashion

    Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes

    Edited by Alison Gwilt, Timo Rissanen

    The production, use and eventual disposal of most clothing is environmentally damaging, and many fashion and textile designers are becoming keen to employ more sustainable strategies in their work. This book provides a practical guide to the ways in which designers are creating fashion with less...

    Published January 26th 2011 by Routledge

  3. Sustainable Fashion and Textiles

    Design Journeys

    By Kate Fletcher

    Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys brings together for the first time information about lifecycle sustainability impacts of fashion and textiles, practical alternatives, design concepts and social innovation. It challenges existing ideas about the scope and potential of...

    Published March 13th 2008 by Routledge

  4. Designing for Re-Use

    The Life of Consumer Packaging

    By Tom Fisher, Janet Shipton

    Packaging is ephemeral - its purpose is to be 'wasted' once we've removed the product it contains. Whilst we are encouraged to 'reduce, re-use and recycle', Designing for Re-Use proposes that domestic re-use is the 'Cinderella' of this trinity, because it is under researched and little understood....

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  5. Design Activism

    Beautiful Strangeness for a Sustainable World

    By Alastair Fuad-Luke

    Design academics and practitioners are facing a multiplicity of challenges in a dynamic, complex, world moving faster than the current design paradigm which is largely tied to the values and imperatives of commercial enterprise. Current education and practice need to evolve to ensure that the...

    Published May 27th 2009 by Routledge

  6. Sustainable by Design

    Explorations in Theory and Practice

    By Stuart Walker

    To advance the subject of design one has to engage in the activity of designing. Sustainable by Design offers a compelling and innovative, design-centred approach that explores both the meaning and practice of sustainable design. Walker explores the design process in the context of sustainability,...

    Published September 1st 2006 by Routledge

  7. Designers Visionaries and Other Stories

    A Collection of Sustainable Design Essays

    By Jonathan Chapman, Nick Gant

    Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories unpacks the complex and crucial debates surrounding sustainable design to deliver a compelling manifesto for change, at a time of looming ecological crisis, mounting environmental legislation and limited progress. This is a book about sustainable design, by...

    Published August 19th 2007 by Routledge

  8. Emotionally Durable Design

    Objects, Experiences and Empathy

    By Jonathan Chapman

    In today's unsustainable world of goods, where products are desired, purchased, briefly used and then promptly landfilled to make way for more, consumption and waste are rapidly spiralling out of control with truly devastating ecological consequences. Why do we, as a consumer society, have such...

    Published June 2nd 2005 by Routledge

  9. Motivating Change: Sustainable Design and Behaviour in the Built Environment

    Edited by Robert Crocker, Steffen Lehmann

    Series: Earthscan Series on Sustainable Design

    Today’s most pressing challenges require behaviour change at many levels, from the city to the individual. This book focuses on the collective influences that can be seen to shape change. Exploring the underlying dimensions of behaviour change in terms of consumption, media, social innovation and...

    Published July 17th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Designing for Zero Waste

    Consumption, Technologies and the Built Environment

    Edited by Steffen Lehmann, Robert Crocker

    Series: Earthscan Series on Sustainable Design

    Designing for Zero Waste is a timely, topical and necessary publication. Materials and resources are being depleted at an accelerating speed and rising consumption trends across the globe have placed material efficiency, waste reduction and recycling at the centre of many government policy agendas,...

    Published December 6th 2011 by Routledge