We should definitely think more broadly as a designer. It is not only the interiors that makes us unique, it is the consideration about how we consume, what we really need, what is necessary to have a good life and how we use our planet’s finite resources. It is important to convince people to build sustainably, to spend that extra dollar for high-quality products energy consumption and save costs in the long term. Unsustainable habits are convenient, so we must focus on motivating and showing people that there are more efficient and ecological ways of doing things that are just as convenient. We just have to make the first step - lead others and push our communities a step in the right direction. Every decision we make as a designer has a consequence on the environment and our health and it is a big duty to handle this, but we can do it.
In the next 15 years more than 75% of all buildings will be either new or renovated and it is now our chance to make a huge impact for a positive future by adopting more sustainable practices.