What is sustainable design?
Generally, sustainable design indicates that a product is designed in a way that takes the reduction of social, environmental and economic impacts to its heart. Minimizing these impacts as much as possible. The goal is to lessen and ideally, eliminate humans’ dependence on natural resources like oil, water, coal and air. This is done by looking at every step in the life cycle of a product; from raw materials, production, transport, to use by customer and the end of its life.
At Quazi we want to be transparent and we continuously make environmentally beneficial choices when designing our products. By using only waste paper we are limiting the impact on natural resources. Our raw material is 100% recycled. All our paints and glues are water based, sourced locally, and we use local pigments and red ochre taken straight from the earth to add color. These choices inform our product development and the basis of our production. We use a local custom-made eco varnish to coat our pulp products and protect them. Some jewelry pieces require a stronger varnish. We minimize water use at the workshop and reuse where we can. And we use the sun’s rays for drying. This process is slow, and handmade, and means that at every step in our production process we are aware of the impact on the environment.