There is around 20 million square feet of new retail space planned for the UK over the next three to five years.
Over £1 billion is spent on store fixtures annually.
Much of this new equipment will not be designed in such a way as to optimise re-use and recycling, and will not use the most suitable materials in terms of sustainability and materials optimisation.
In particular, by consigning materials to landfill we limit the potential for reuse, recycling or recovery of valuable resources. Landfill also increases the demand for new resources and generates more greenhouse gas emissions.
In this way retailers and brand-owners are wasting both resources and significant money, and are storing up future problems and costs.
Research has highlighted the important contribution that designers can make in reducing waste, and some of the key principles that designers and fixture specifiers can use during the design process and how these principles can be applied to projects to maximise opportunities to Design out Waste.
These principles apply to all professionals involved in the fixture design and supply process including designers, engineers, buyers, manufacturers and fitters/contractors. Many of these professionals and disciplines come together within the project design team, which provides the forum for conducting the fixture design review process.
We have identified certain basic design principles that can be adopted to reduce the waste burden of store fixtures through design.
By following our waste elimination methodology and design principles, creative and buying teams will actively identify opportunities to reduce waste (along with cost-savings and other benefits), and help to achieve zero waste targets for store fixtures.
To read how you can save money and produce fixtures that can be re-used and recycled click here to see our case study on sustainable design for Boots where we are now a preferred design partner.
To book an appointment with our design team click here, or telephone +44 (0)1858 410007.
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