But What Does Social And Environmental Responsibility Really Mean In Practice? How Do We Quantify Our Commitment To Sustainability And Socially Conscious Design? What Are We At LyZadie Design Studio Doing Day To Day To Ensure We Aren’t Paying Lip Service To Ideas Of Environmental And Social Stewardship?
At LyZadie Design Studio we have made five concrete commitments to ensure our social and environmental focus is unwavering. As we develop further collections, we will:
· Ensure our products are handcrafted locally. This means we not only support local makers and our local economy, but that we take care of where our supplies and makers come from. We can visit workshops, talk to our teams and know that they all work within ethical and environmentally efficient parameters at all times. It also means we can reduce the carbon footprint of our products.
· Use sustainable and recycled materials. Our first collection, The FLOW Collection, was centred around the use of rescued river timber. We wanted to highlight the beauty of New Zealand timber without reducing the tree cover of our beautiful landscape. This principle of careful stewardship within our production materials will continue with all our other collections. We reuse and recycle resources wherever possible, which helps to reduce energy usage, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce air and water pollution, reduces waste disposal and also reduces greenhouse gases emissions. And we are embarking on new adventures with sustainable products like Pinatex for future designs.
· Build to last. Using materials like timber, steel and brass means that our products will not only be sustainable and recyclable, but that they are well built and will stand the test of time reducing the need to consume more resources.
· Give back to our local and global community. A portion of the profits from our collections is allocated to assist in either social or environmental enterprises like Homeless No More Aotearoa and Forest and Bird New Zealand. These charities work tirelessly to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable populations, both human and ecological. We believe it is an essential part of our business to be part of the bigger global community effecting change.
· Offset our carbon emissions where they are unavoidable. In the global marketplace we sometimes have to travel or ship our products overseas. We commit to supporting Trees That Count to offset any of those activities. This New Zealand organisation matches donated funds to community and professional groups planting trees across the country and has facilitated the planting of over 31,637,217 trees since its inception in 2016.