What is Design for Sustainability? Explained with coffee shop pictures

I always find people saying Sustainability? Huh, so you are an environmental designer. No, I am not an environmental designer, not that I wouldn’t be, actually that’s a 33.3% of what I do if not a little less. Sustainability as a word has become a barrier because it sounds so patronizing. At the same time brings so many connotations either negative or positive but so short that it just reduces the way our work is seen.

I will start by saying that I am a UX designer, the base of my work is to design products, services, processes that are relevant to users; with the tweak of being designs that are profitable, bring together community and are environmentally friendly, meeting the 3 components of sustainability: People, Profit, Planet.

I found today a curious article in BuzzFeed about coffee shops that have things we would all like to have at our local coffee shop. That is UX applied to the most simple of things but also shows that users are more and more engaged to become an actor in transforming this world to an inclusive, green and profitable world.

I will leave you here the pictures that to me show what is Design for Sustainability and some of its tendencies applied to these coffee shop initiatives!

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, REPURPOSING

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, REPURPOSING

COMMUNITY FRIENDLY, NON VIOLENCE

COMMUNITY, EMPATHY, NON VIOLENCE

INCLUSION, EDUCATION.

COMMUNITY AND INCLUSION

INCLUSION, EDUCATION.

INCLUSION EDUCATION

COMMUNITY, REDUCE, REUSE.

ZERO WASTE, ENVIRONMENTAL.

EDUCATION, FIGHTING INEQUALITY, PROSPERITY FOR ALL (ARTISTS NEED TO EAT!)

EDUCATION, FIGHTING INEQUALITY, PROSPERITY FOR ALL (ARTISTS NEED TO EAT!)

COMMUNITY, ZERO WASTE, “RENTING” INSTEAD OF OWNING

COMMUNITY, ZERO WASTE, "RENTING" INSTEAD OF OWNING

COMMUNITY, REDUCING INEQUALITIES

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COMPOSTING, REPURPOSING, COMMUNITY

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