January 20, 2014

Perhaps the most important statistic in the world of sustainable design is this: the EU estimates that "80% of the environmental impact of products and services are determined at the early design stages".It means the main influences on the products a...

February 13, 2013

This article argues that designers should create more imaginative visions of sustainability that excite rather than depress or scare people, written in a past role at Seymourpowell.

Malcolm Gladwell said "the visionary starts with a blank sheet of pap...

January 24, 2013

Biomimicry and cradle-to-cradle are two leading models for 21st century design, says Chris Sherwin in the penultimate of his series on sustainable design

Working in the field of sustainable design, I'm periodically asked, sometimes challenge...

December 17, 2012

In this article as part of the Guardian sustainability and design series Chris Sherwin, then Head of Sustainability at Seymourpowell, makes the case for design for social impact

What do a near indestructible football, newly designed clothing for femal...

November 17, 2012

In the fourth article on sustainability and design, Chris Sherwin makes the case for design as an essential part of the sustainable behaviour toolkit.

This was written as part of the Guardian Sustainable Design series whilst Head of Sustainability at...

November 1, 2012

Written in a past role as Head of Sustainability at Seymourpowell, this third article in the Guardian series on sustainability and design makes the case for using design to help clean and green technologies succeed.

A few years ago, green start-up Int...

October 1, 2012

In the second in the Guardian series on sustainability and design, Chris Sherwin then Head of Sustainability at Seymourpowell explores how to get sustainability into each and every design project

Here's how the majority of design projects work. A clie...

September 17, 2012

"There are professions more harmful than design", wrote the godfather of sustainable design, Victor Papanek in 1972, "but only a few".

Papanek accused designers of creating useless, unnecessary and unsafe products; of wastefully propagating produ...

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