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Sustainability & Environment

Sustainability & Environment

As designers, we need to be fully aware of the deepening climate crisis that is occurring and our part in it, no matter how small that may seem.  We have the possibility of creating either negative or positive consequences in the world as a result of our design and material choices.

In the larger scheme of things, we must understand that we may be beautifying one space (a garden) at the expense of another (the material source).  Ultimately, just lessening this impact is not enough and we must strive to create positive outcomes all around (cradle-to cradle, carbon negative etc). However, we also have to begin somewhere and we do that through understanding the impacts that different materials have on the Earth’s ecosystems.

We start with the simple idea (which may nonetheless be challenging of itself, given current trends) to put less structure into a garden, and more planting.  Then we choose materials that fulfil our needs with the minimum possible impact.

The Guidance Notes listed below are the first few written in what will eventually become a (hopefully) comprehensive resource on material selection.  In it, we try to be objective, listing the pros and cons of each thing.  There are few absolutes, there is no easy way in which to add up carbon emissions for any one thing.  Instead, we try to make assessments of the likely facts: geographical source, working conditions, environmental impact, transportation, energy inputs, scarcity etc, etc, and to weigh those against the benefits.

Policy Statements & Positioning Papers

The following are policies or statements setting out the SGD’s position on various issues relevant to the topics on this page:

SGD Policy on Advertising & Sponsorship

Guidance Notes

So far, the following Notes are available:

GN 001  Artificial Turf, Plants and Walls 

GN 003 Lawns

GN 002  Pots & Plastic

GN 018  Reclaimed Timber

GN 022  Tropical Timber

GN 024 Patio Heaters & Fire Pits

There are 30+ titles in preparation which will be added on a regular basis.

Advisory Notes

AN 001 Plant Passports | Application for Official Registration


 

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