It's easy to forget that the beautiful designs that we create in the 2-dimensional world of paper or the computer will eventually get moved through a chain of physical production, use and disposal that often harms our 3-dimensional world. Because the design stage is where a product, and thus its chain of impact on the planet begins, we surface pattern designers stand near the front of this trail of dominoes. The decisions that we make about what businesses to partner with, what kinds of products our art will be used on, and how those products will be manufactured can have lasting positive or negative effects on the environment. That is sobering, but it is also powerful because we can positively influence this outcome.
Of course when it comes to making such business decisions, our choices can be quite limited. Most of us have to weigh the ever-present factors of time and money against doing what's beneficial for the environment. Fortunately, this is changing. We've noticed slow and steady improvements in our industry and supporting industries, which are making environmentally sustainable choices more accessible to the individual designer. Through the Designing Green blog series, we aim to find out more about how our industry is impacting the environment, for better or worse, and what viable options we designers have to help make the Earth a healthier, happier, and more beautiful place to live!
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