Gallery: London Design Festival: Designers Visit Recycling Center


Early on a sunlit mid-September morning, on the banks of The Grand Union Canal in London, 25 designers, writers and academics from London Design Festival’s Greengaged hub, took residence on the Beauchamp ‘Electric Barge’ to take a trip to Powerday waste recycling plant in west London. Docked at Little Venice in Paddington, the Beauchamp is a silently-running and environmentally-sound answer to canal travel. Inhabitat writer Kate Andrews was on the trip and shares her insights from the experience.

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Gallery: London Design Festival 2008: Print and Paper Workshop


Did you know that recycling a single ton of paper can save 7000 gallons of water, 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4000 kilowatts of energy!? Statistics like these were key points at a sustainable print and paper workshop at the London Design Festival’s sustainability hub, Greengaged. The workshop, hosted by UK-based nonprofit enterprise Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest, set out to explore how different print processes affect the paper’s recyclability, and how you can reduce the impact through the design process.

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  1. Steve N. Lee September 29, 2008 at 2:35 am

    ”helping to save the environment means using recycled paper that is ‘ugly and of bad quality’”

    This is a view that many people hold, not just designers, however, it couldn’t be more wrong.

    My novel “What if…?” was printed on recycled paper under the Green Press Intiative. There’s a little plate at the front of the book that tells readers what was saved by printing in this way:

    16 trees
    6,583 gallons of wasate water
    2,648 kilowatt hours of electricity
    726 pounds of solid waste
    1,426 pounds of greenhouse gases

    BUT… what about that all-important paper quality?

    The final quality is wonderful. In fact, it’s better than many traditionally printed books. The texture, the heft, tthe colour are all top quality and if it wasn’t for the plate in the front telling you the paper was recycled you’d have no idea at all.

    It’s time publishers, printers and designers woke up to this fact and made a concerted effort to improve our environment by adopting new, sustainable practices.

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’

  2. philc September 28, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I’m sure you’re aware of this, but a kilowatt is a measure of the rate of energy use, not a quantity of energy, so the statement ‘recycling a single ton of paper can save … 4000 kilowatts of energy’ is meaningless – is this supposed to be kilowatt hours?

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