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Summer 2019 | Issue 12

As dire warnings about climate change jostle for shock value in the headlines, it’s easy to get fatigued instead of alarmed. Sustainability can seem too big—and its ever-widening scope, from ethical manufacturing and transparent sourcing to upcycled materials, doesn’t simplify things. Although the design industry isn’t going to save the planet by itself, there’s room to effect positive, significant change. In this issue, we examine the small steps you can take to make a difference (and make your clients care). 

Three years ago, Heath Ceramics embarked on a radical company-wide journey to eradicate waste. BOH caught up with the California-based brand to find out how, why—and how much it (didn’t) cost.
BY Fred Nicolaus
Sprawling, net-zero spaces leverage creative new technologies and methodologies—proof, once and for all, that sustainability comes in all sizes.
BY Jessica Dailey
For more than a decade, Susan Inglis has steadily and tirelessly beat the drum for green practices in the home furnishings industry.
BY Arianne Nardo
Design Dispatch
With their new e-commerce platform, Goodee, the design duo behind the much-lauded WANT travel accessories brand turn their focus to home, and they’re keeping sustainability top of mind.
Netherlands-based design studio Formafantasma crafts a collection of office furniture from recycled tech waste.
With an economic downturn forecasted by 2021, business owners across all sectors are preparing to batten down the hatches for the next recession. Ten designers tell us how they weathered the last economic crisis and share their strategies for recession-proofing their firms.
Taking the first step toward shopping with sustainability in mind might be daunting, but these 63 brands make it easy to go green.
From cotton fiber DNA testing and rapid tree replacement to resourceful repurposing of scrap metal, invasive plants and more, these companies are tough to beat when it comes to transparent sourcing.
These companies cultivate exceptional relationships with their partners and maintain ethical manufacturing and workplace practices through every step of the supply chain. In short, every worker is treated well.
These companies boast nontoxic materials, a reduced carbon footprint, local manufacturing (and therefore reduced transportation in shipping), biodegradable packaging, and minimal chemical emissions.
These brands adopt humanitarian practices, encourage their employees to volunteer regularly and route a significant portion of proceeds to good causes every year.
These brands transform previously used materials—think engine coils, fishing nets and chalkboards—to construct new, beautiful objects for the home.
digital disruptors
We live in a world where if you want something, you can rent it, often at the click of a button. A house, a car, a dress, a movie—why not furniture?
The Handbook
BOH’s guide to getting green—from taking your first steps toward sustainability to making your clients care.
Two university labs are pioneering research into design solutions that lead to healthier homes.
You can’t make green choices if you don’t know what they are—and you can’t sell those decisions to clients if you don’t know why you’re making them. We break down three of the most widely accepted green design certifications: LEED, PHIUS and LBC.

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