Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

1 8 1 End-of-life plans for products and spaces is an area where designers can achieve significant improvements. “How to deconstruct an interior at the end of its life is something that we could put a lot more effort into,” says Stewart. “And nowadays we know the lifespan of a particular product and so should be able to plan for its refurbishment, reuse and recycling. “The way that ships are constructed at the moment makes it very difficult to thoroughly reuse or recycle old interiors,” he adds. “It’s less challenging for loose items which can be reupholstered, invisibly repaired or otherwise refreshed. But still too much becomes waste.” Stewart says: “If the designer, owner and yard collaborated to create a sustainability report for each interior that would be a great step towards improved sustainability. The report could cover product lifespans, spare parts, cleaning instructions, deconstruction plans, waste planning, and much more.” Collaboration is key. “Our responsibility tends to end with the visible surface – what lies behind the surface is the responsibility of the yard and outfitter,” says Stewart. “Hence, deconstruction plans within an interior report would need to be written in collaboration with everyone involved in a newbuild project.” True sustainability in the built environment is impossible. “While we can’t build a perfectly sustainable ship, hotel or home, we do need to ask what is the most sustainable build that we can achieve today,” says Stewart. CFR “ We do need to ask what is the most sustainable build that we can achieve today”