13 Feb 2020

Interior Designers and Architects Have a Critical Role to Play in the Circular Economy

Choosing sustainable practices and materials to create beautiful spaces is one of the most important and exciting design challenges of our time

According to Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow and Design Resilience director for Gensler, studies show that designers and architects can impact up to 90 percent of a project’s eventual impact based on the earliest design decisions.

Can we challenge ourselves to create structures that balance beauty, functionality, wellness, and care for our environment?

We believe we can.

For too long, we have held on to outdated notions that sustainable materials are too expensive, it is too time-consuming to do the research, it is too difficult to get the certifications, the materials are not creative enough, not flexible or durable enough, and that our clients aren’t concerned about it.

The reality is that advances in technology and focus on sustainable design have helped address each one of these issues, and the green building and design sector is growing.

A meta-analysis by the University of Oxford finds that 88 percent of reviewed studies show companies with robust sustainability practices demonstrate better operational performance.

Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company, cites a survey that shows 81 percent of global respondents feel strongly that companies should help improve the environment.

Green design is fundamental to our evolution toward a circular economy. In our latest eBook, 5 Reasons for Interior Designers and Architects to Use Sustainable Materials, we provide a compelling overview of how your firm can benefit from implementing sustainability practices in your projects.

  • Learn more about the environmental impacts of design decisions made by architects and interior designers
  • Find out how sustainable innovation, materials, and design can benefit your business and the environment
  • Discover the necessary tools for making smart sustainable decisions

Why now?

  • Global warming is real.
  • Demand for wellness considerations in the built environment continue to increase.
  • Policies and government incentives to create green spaces continue to advance.
  • Investing in sustainability contributes to an organization’s reputational value.

If you want to learn more about the critical impact that interior design and architecture has on the environment and key tools you can employ in your practice – download our free eBook and evolve with us:

Who We Are:
At Aquafil Group, we have invested years in research and development to create ECONYL® regenerated nylon that is used to produce among the most sustainable and beautiful textiles in the world by more than 1,000 brands across the globe. Nylon waste from landfills and oceans around the world is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon to be used in designs made by fashion houses such as Prada, Stella McCartney, Adidas and Gucci and interiors textiles such as modular flooring made by Interface, ege, Milliken, Modulyss and more. It maintains the same quality as new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and reused again and again.

We’ve transformed a 50-year old company to a leader in the circular economy and we believe you can transform your firm’s practices too.

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