Sustainability considerations should be mandatory for all life cycle stages when designing a new product. Work to reduce negative environmental and social impacts by rethinking every stage of the design process, including concept, material and production choices, sampling and development, as well as by considering creative concepts for sale, use and the end-of-life of a product from a sustainable and responsible perspective.
BUSINESSES AND THEIR DESIGNERS MUST WORK ACTIVELY TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND DESIGN PROCESSES
The impact on the eco-system caused by wasteful and destructive design and manufacturing processes that cause harm to both society and nature can no longer afford to be ignored. By focusing on sustainability and design ethics in the fashion and textile industry, NICE encourages and supports those who lead the way in creating new design processes that satisfy customer demand while fostering more sustainable consumption, as well as reflect the pressing social and environmental needs of the planet.
- Encourage designers to be curious about where materials come from and the environmental impact a product creates during its entire life cycle to ensure responsibility in making design and production choices
- Ensure that the design process, in all its stages follows or exceeds international working and environmental standards
- Consider consumer involvement and culture to ensure that products are created and marketed in a way that reflects diverse, multicultural societies and that depict and engage with men, women and children in a positive and healthy way
- Help designers to connect ideas both internally and externally by encouraging the use of open innovation methods to enable and promote systemic change