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30 Inspiring Sustainable Design Quotes

We all need some inspiration or motivation from time to time to keep us going. Here I’m going to share with you my favorite quotes about sustainable (and ethical) design. Whether you are a designer or simply someone interested in sustainability, I hope these quotes motivate you to live more intentionally and design with the planet in mind.

Design comes in different forms such as graphic design, architecture and fashion to name a few. It’s important that we rethink how we design so that we don’t continue to harm the environment.

Sustainable Design Quotes

  1. Good design is sustainable design – Imran Amed

2. The best way to predict the future is to design it. -Abraham Lincoln

3. There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness -Mahatma Gandhi

4. Buy less, choose well, make it last -Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer 

5. As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy. -Emma Watson

6. Waste isn’t waste until we waste it -Will.I.Am

7. Cheap fashion is really far from that. It may be cheap in terms of the financial cost, but very expensive when it comes to the environment and the cost of human life -Sass Brown

8. Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth”- Environmental Audit Company

9. Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” – William Plomer

10. If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it…one step at a time. – Marian Wright Edelman

11. The most sustainable way is to not make things. The second most sustainable way is to make something very useful, to solve a problem that hasn’t been solved. – Thomas Sigsgaard

12. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you express by the way you dress and the way you live.” —Gianni Versace

13. Become an active citizen through your wardrobe. -Livia Firth

14. Everything is designed. Few things are designed well. — Brian Reed

15. If it can’t be reduced, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. – Peter Seeger

16. Waste is a design flaw. – Kate Kreba

best sustainable design quotes

 17. Anyone who believes in indefinite growth on a physically finite planet is either mad or an economist. – Sir David Attenborough

18. There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere. – Annie Leonard

19. An economy that puts back what it takes out, that is sustainable by design. – Matthew Bishop

20. Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent. — Joe Sparano

21. Make it simple, but significant – Don Draper

22. Leave it better than you found it.” –Bruce A. Nordstrom

23. To be young and aware is to know you’re being lied to; to know that a bright green future is possible; to know that we can reimagine the world, rebuild our cities, redesign our lives, retool our factories, distribute innovation and creativity and all live in a world that is not only better than the alternative, but much better than the world we have now. – Alex Steffen

24. Bringing nature back into the city is a way to deal with urban sprawl. If cities feel a little more natural, people like to live there rather than moving out and dividing up another piece of land that shouldn’t be touched. – Stone Gossard

25. An endless number of green buildings doesn’t make a sustainable city. – Jan Gehl

26. We can’t just consume our way to a more sustainable world. – Jennifer Nini

27. Art is solving problems that connot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping fo the question is part of the answer – Pete Hein

28. To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.” Milton Glaser

29. Simplicity, suitability and proportion.” Elsie de Wolfe

30.  In nature nothing is created and nothing is destroyed, but everything is transformed. – Antoine Laurent Delavosier

Final thoughts

Design is everywhere. All around you. Everything that you pick up and use was designed by someone. Up to now, designers haven’t really paid much attention to how their design will affect the environment. All that needs to change. It’s our responsibility to create sustainable and ethical designs from now on.

I hope these quotes on sustainable design have inspired you to design more intentionally in the future. Design shouldn’t be used to exploit the environment. It should be used to make the world a better place.

Sustainability is the only option. The alternative is destroying the world.

About Sofia Hadjiosif

I've always cared about the planet but never knew how I could use my skills to create an impact. But that's when I decided to start Terra Movement. To get other creatives involved in the climate movement and inspire more people to help the planet and its people.

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