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"... promoting the value of design towards a sustainable future" since 1989

SRD - Society for Responsible Design
:: change design for the better by advancing sustainably responsible design practices ::

SRD office + Convenor : srd @ : PO Box 326 Church Point 2105 Sydney, Australia

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Timely concepts and directions to significantly reduce global environmental impacts while increasing combined cultural value, for now and our future, in every human endeavour :: Design is a process of creation and problem solving that goes far beyond form or structure and final styling or graphics. As such, great opportunity exists to intervene or change current process to add greater value in many criteria and enhance the concept of sustainability. Design may significantly contribute OR conversely detract from desirable outcomes unless properly studied and due consideration is applied including the latest design thinking and innovation. Globally this is a massive challenge that we ALL may contribute to in many ways.
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The SRD combines the efforts of society and industry through environmentally and socially responsible design practices to make products and services significantly better. There is much room for improvement that will ultimately provide major long term benefits for all. YOUR support and input is invited.
Designers as well as consumers, today face the challenge of considering the lifelong impact of the buildings, products and processes they use and those they bring into being. Responsibility extends well beyond the time a product is used. Designers have to view the entire history of a product from materials extraction, through manufacture, transportation, sales, use, and post-use. They need to consider the materials used, are they recycled, can they be recycled, will they decompose, be reused, are they toxic in manufacture, use or afterlife? Is the product useful, does it fulfill a real need, is it robust and durable, easy to repair, use the least amount of materials for the most performance? Does it generate pollution, is it energy efficient, is the least amount of packaging used to transport and display the product? Is the styling going to date too quickly, can the product be upgraded easily as technology improves, at the end of a useful life can components be salvaged for use in newer version? Consumers are also becoming more environmentally aware of the real cost of current wasteful and toxic production and are demanding greener solutions. Overall most processes are cyclical or at least have many flow on effects, whether perfectly efficient or totally toxic and the decision is yours to choose or influence.
Sustainable Responsible Design is a new direction that requires complete revision of thought and of action. The many questions raised however will only stimulate the number and sophistication of long term solutions through innovative design and problem solving processes. Those not involved directly with design still have a huge opportunity for input. Starting with demanding better products and services to actually making a difference in and around their own home, office or locality. Knowledge of the issues is the first step.
Current Highlights :: SRD Talk + Annual General Meeting : Report Now Online:: Featured speaker Ian Chambers author of "Plan for the Planet : A Business Plan for a Sustainable World". Discussing the global issues and how we may best address them. Web : SRD members 20% paperback discount offer. Highlights of SRD's 22nd year of national progress, summaries of SRD Change National 11 success and more
Creative Industries Action Plan for NSW. An industry-led Creative Industries Taskforce has been established to develop an Action Plan for NSW. The creative industries will be a driver of growth, exports, productivity, innovation and competitiveness for our economy over the next decade. See online comments to the plan. SRD made a submission to ensure that Responsible Design can be a significant positive creative and growing factor in this process.

The following logos are linked to the SRD Change series : graduate sustainable design exhibitions showcasing great examples of responsible design across all creative streams.
SRD change 11 Graphic
SRD Change 11 National 1-13 Aug 2011
6 star green star 40 Mount St N. Sydney
SRD change 10 Graphic
SRD Change 10 : 2-15 Aug
pyd. design centre, Sydney
SRD change09 Graphic
SRD Change 09 : 12-17 Oct
Deutsche Bank Place Sydney
SRD change08 Graphic
SRD Change08 GreenTech,
Darling Harbour, Sydney Au
SRD changex 07 Graphic
SRD ChangeX 2007 :
ATP centre, Sydney

The Society for Responsible Design is an incorporated, independent, not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation that aims to provide direction to creating our sustainable world. NB; this site is being redesigned this year. SRD includes (the original SRD, this site) and Change Design, (the original EcoDesign Foundation EDF) and numerous ChangeX and SRD Change exhibitions. SEND website feedback and input for your design stream to: designoz[at] :: GROW THE SRD ! - We want your support, now. All who agree to our aims and objectives may join, worldwide. Help us to continue our valuable work and education for Sustainability. JOIN SRD :: go membership page
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SRD Aims and Objectives

The aim of the SRD is to work towards a sustainable future through environmentally and socially responsible design practices

Our combined objectives are:

The SRD is active in all design disciplines including ;
Apparel, Architecture, Art, Automotive, Building, Communication, Construction, Engineering, Exhibition, Furniture, Graphic, Industrial, Interior, Jewellery
Landscape, Packaging, Permaculture, Pest Management, Planning, Product, Textiles, Transport ... and yes we're even encouraging Fashion to really "go green"
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SRD Initiatives

The Society for Responsible Design
has evolved into an umbrella organisation for Sustainable Responsible Design. We simply call it The SRD.
:: This incorporates the original SRD, (this site) , the o2 NSW SRD chapter and
:: Change Design , ( the original EDF) , see also Change Design weblog :: ChangeX :: SRD Change

SRD Exhibitions, Talks and Tours ... including ChangeX / SRD Change series
An informative series of shows, talks and excursions, where presenters discuss and display their real world experiences in bringing innovative sustainable and social design projects to market.
Topics have encompassed a wide range of design sectors from graphics, landscaping, textiles, commercial interiors and residential buildings to sites of re-manufacture facilities, alternative lifestyles in practice and the topics of water, child playgrounds, advances for the disabled, indigenous issues and the latest in graduate projects. See News & Events

the REAP and GREENER PRINT Procurement guides
A first for Australasia. Created for Designers and specifiers down under, a Free guide on Eco paper and greener print ideas. There is much that can be improved in these industries to achieve best practice.
Combining recommendations from the paper industry with input by professionals and supporting organisations.
A developing resource that will help you to "see the paper for the trees" : the REAP guide
and now the Greener Print Procurement guide

A database of all the information on green design products and services we have gathered over the past fifteen years.
Both computer and hardcopy based. This project has much scope for expansion and discussions are in progress to achieve this.

EcoSpecifier -
A guide to sourcing environmentally preferable materials, complete in printed form and on the web (reduced info. version)
Originally designed by SRD and produced in conjunction with RMIT. Principal sponsor: EcoRecycle Victoria.

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Youtube
Resources also in development and expansion mode. Your participation, input and feedback is invited. Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Youtube

A pictorial journal with tips for us all. A webpage ecodwell.html describing the process of incorporating appropriate sustainable concepts into a complete terrace renovation. Project completed 2003.

... on sustainable responsible design, local and international. Information and articles with the latest developments plus summaries of SRD public talks and Tours. Back copies of our Loose Leaves newsletter are also available.

A register of SRD members; designers and related businesses, in the many different fields of design that the SRD represents.
Currently only in hard copy, it lists their spheres of expertise and knowledge and is used for the many referrals received through the SRD office.

MADE Accountable Exhibition & Catalogue
In it's time, Australia's largest public exhibition of Materials from Art and Design for the Environment, held at a recycled wharf building in September 1995. The catalogue of over 50 exhibitors at M.A.D.E. Descriptions of products, contact details and photographs and introductory design essays. Remains the first significant list of responsible Australian design.

Out and About
The SRD promotes responsible design through public events like Commonwealth Bank Home Show, World Environment Days and Grex / EcoBuild Home show, amongst others.

Membership ... with the SRD has many benefits for you, see our membership page ...

Our EcoDesign Guidelines (Green Ink, Loose Threads, Inner Harmony, Architecture, etc.) are by no means a definitive
list, rather a discussion starter. Please contribute your own thoughts and suggestions via email.


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Responsible Graphic Designers :

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To implement all the above ideas may be impossible - yet every suggestion adopted will make a difference. Industry is greening faster now, your efforts may be genuinely appreciated.

the REAP guide v 1.5 and the Greener Print Procurement guide :

the Greener Print Procurement guide : For a step-by-step review of design to print, making significant carbon and environmental savings.

the REAP guide : For the latest Eco paper information for Australasia online and more print ideas. and click ... / we think / environment ... - Earth Graphic Design

  • Easy-to-follow web site with plenty of substance. Separate pages detail the issues for ink, paper and recycling. Combined with links to other related sites show that these designers are true to their craft.


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Responsible Apparel Designers :

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    Here are many ideas to consider that can reduce your environmental impact and achieve better practice.
    We welcome input from all related Apparel fields to increase the body and value of ideas for all to benefit:

  • Aim to make long lasting clothing
    The more durable a garment the greater the timespan before replacement is needed, less resources are used
  • Strive to design clothing with classic lines
    Fashion styles are transient fads which require constant redundancy, classic styling equals a long life
  • Consider the use of recycled materials with a high Post Consumer Waste (PCW) recycled content
    PET drink bottles recycled into polyester yarns, charity shop discards shredded to make new yarn, rubber tyres into shoe soles
  • Consider the use of natural renewable materials
    Fibres like Cotton, Wool and Silk are renewable unlike virgin synthetics which are a by-product of non renewable fossil fuel extraction

  • Consider the use of unbleached materials
    Bleaching requires the use of toxins which are harmful to marine and water based life
  • Consider the use of chemical free natural materials
    Cotton, for example, is often processed using toxic formaldehyde to reduce shrinkage and wrinkling
  • Consider the use of undyed materials
    Many dyes leach heavy metals into groundwater and waterways during production, home washing and landfill disposal
  • Consider the use of naturally coloured materials
    Green and Brown cotton can grown without dyeing, Wool can be naturally black, grey, brown, fawn and ecru.

  • Consider wherever possible using organic materials
  • Organic fibres are grown without the heavy use of potentially toxic synthetic insecticides, herbicides and fertiliser
  • Consider the use of natural renewable components
    Buttons and Jewellery can be made from Tagua nuts from the Amazon rainforest. Plantation wood buttons as well.
  • Consider the use of recycled and/or recyclable components
    Recycled PET cords, labels, webbings and 100% polyester recyclable zippers. Also recycled glass as buttons & toggles
  • Investigate alternative fibre sources
    Hemp can be grown organically and has the strength of polyester, Tencel is plantation pulp extruded through a recycled solvent process.

  • Maximise fabric yields and minimise fabric wastage by carefully checking layplans & garment Design
    Extravagant pattern shapes can lead to a high amount of unwanted material which is then thrown away
  • Consider laying up with cardboard patterns instead of using computer generated layplan paper Computer Aid
    Manufacture needs new throwaway paper plans every time a new cut is done, cardboard can be used over & over
  • Design functional garments
    Pockets that can actually be used and are not for affect, ornamental components avoided , sized for comfort not vanity, etc.
  • Use synthetic dyes which are colourfast or completely biodegradable if natural based dyes
    Coloured dyes can leach out during fabric/garment dyeing and washing contaminating waterways

  • If using synthetic materials consider using homogeneous (all the same) materials
    For example some garments are 100% polyester, including labels, trims and thread so they can be recycled without contaminants
  • If using natural materials consider using all naturals
    It should be possible to compost 100% natural garments, especially unbleached, organic materials, after their long useful life
  • Ask their material suppliers to provide a comprehensive background on the fabrics and trim
    Exhibiting interest in the technical and environmental history of a suppliers materials keeps them aware of their products shortcomings
  • Provide concise information on material content and care/laundering on permanent garment labelling
    Educated customers will value their garments and treat them with respect which will lead to longer useful garment life.

  • Avoid use of materials or construction detailing that requires special laundering
    Dry-cleaning, for example, is an expensive process which uses toxic solvents, such as hydrocarbons which are linked to ozone depletion
  • Educate both retail and end use customers on the environmental benefits of their designs
    Customers once educated will demand, or at least expect, the same high environmental standards from other garment designers
  • Investigate methods of reducing materials waste in the production process
    Short roll ends can be sold to staff, clean cutting scraps given to Reverse Garbage for school projects, natural fabric scraps composted
  • Keep informed of the latest environmental developments in materials, components and manufacture
    New technologies and rediscoveries of old techniques for green design are occurring constantly

(To implement all the above ideas may be impossible - yet every suggestion adopted will make a difference.) - Some Inspirational Recycle Runway Couture Fashioning the future - The Sustainable Catwalk Show in London

Organised by The London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London. They opened their Centre for Sustainable Fashion in 2008. The Catwalk show will take place on the evening of Monday Oct 27, 2008 and the Summit starts the next day. One of our selected exhibitors for last years SRD Change exhibition, Rachael Cassar is a finalist in the Catwalk competition which is part of a Sustainable Fashion Summit. For some inspirations see their catalogue: 2MB file size CSF_CataloguE Designers v2.pdf - Conservation Initiative

Enterprise promoting the commercial use of Amazonian rainforest products to keep indigenous tribes actively employed without destroying their forests. Promotes the use of ivory like Tagua nuts for jewellery and buttons and Treetap Vegetal, a natural latex rubber replacement from vinyl or leather. - Maud n Lil

Sydney based designers of clothing and toys from organic cotton. Easy to follow web site with organic facts and links to other organic cotton sites. - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Home page for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. It promotes resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy. A search feature provides many articles on cotton, etc. -Textile Environment Network.

An international group of designers working in fibres, fabrics, finishes and products who are concerned about the environmental impact of the traditional textile industry - International Hemp Association

A nonprofit organisation established to promote the beneficial uses of hemp products worldwide. The IHA has sponsored programmes in Russia, China, Hungary and the Netherlands. The programmes centre around the themes of germplasm collection and conservation, hemp fibre identification, hemp product quality control. - Patagonia

US based outdoor clothing company (with Australian stores) who have helped pioneer mainstream apparel from recycled PET drink bottles and from organic cotton. Great website with lots of information of environmental aspects of their products.

Fashion Less Waste 2012 linkFashion Less Waste 2011 Parade link
Fashion Less Waste :: annual national fashion design events
Raising awareness of sustainability issues in the fashion industry. Entrants design & create an outfit mostly made from materials originally bought & used for a non-clothing purpose. (more post-consumer & greener materials would be good, SRD). 2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009 :: Australian Museum, Strand Arcade, Reverse Garbage, Sydney, Au
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Hong Kong ecochic fashion linkecochic fashion show graphic linkChina ecochic fashion weblink 2012 : Ecochic Design Awards : ASIA :: Two environmentally friendly fashion shows promoting that eco fashion must become ecologically and socially sustainable. A confluence of culture to showcase sustainable fashion design with competition for Asia's emerging design talent whilst confirming evidence of significant global trend toward greener design.
: Hong Kong + China

big green conference weblink Apr 7 : 2011 : The Big Green Conference :: Addressed Evolving Sustainability Challenges in the Fibre, Textile, Carpet & Apparel industries. The Industries Association Consortium* conference to show putting environmental and social responsibility at the heart of management practices is key to securing the long-term future of your company. Promoting achieving sustainability in workplaces through sustainable leadership & green business solutions. International & domestic presenters include those who have influence over environmental stewardship, have initiated innovative solutions for supply chains, developed sustainable business models & products. Speakers :: Web : Geelong, Au


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Responsible Interior Designers

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(To implement all the above ideas may be impossible - yet every suggestion adopted will make a difference.) - International Interior Designers Association

A wealth of information for interior designers. Look for their Sustainable Leadership Awards, Sustainable Design Student Competition and database called Knowledge Center / Categories. - Environmental Building News

A terrific regular newsletter also available by subscription for hard copies with full details of all articles. Includes some useful information for interior designers. Some articles from back copies available on website. A new searchable CD-ROM of all back issues also available. - Envirolink

A general environmental website with useful information on nearly anything you'd want to know about conserving the environment. See the Sustainable Business Network link for useful information and articles about products and materials. - Resources for Environmental Design - Oikos Green Building Source.

A searchable database of over 1,400 products and resources for green buildings. Run by IRIS Communication in Oregon. US based list that is good green product reference.

Disclaimer: The Society for Responsible Design and its committee and associated organisations excludes any warranty implied or otherwise for the information on our entire web site and connected links. Research and care has been taken in compiling this information and it is presented on the basis that each individual and organisation will make their own tests and conclusions as to the suitability of adopting or using any process or product or service mentioned. Any opinions expressed may not be those of the committee. 14may12 update

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For indeed that's all who ever have."
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