Sustainable Maritime Interiors - 2022 Report

125 Interior design firms can be influential in steering the choice of interior fixtures and fittings in a more planet-friendly direction. They can do this by designing in the ability to reuse, repurpose and recycle items; assisting the owners as early in the process as possible to set requirements for sustainability in the specifications and contracts; and focusing on long-lasting designs comprising materials which are sustainable. Because interior designers and architects are often the first to screen the market offer, they should also be the first to avoid specifying elements which have negative impacts on any of the three ESG sustainability dimensions (economic, social, governance). Part of their responsibility is also to make sure that interiors comply with or exceed rules and regulations, including any environmental requirements stipulated by the owner. Setting the bar high for sustainability in this context includes stipulating no VOCs or toxic chemicals and gasses to be used in production, installation or use; minimal power consumption in production, installation or use; no unethical materials or processes; and choosing suppliers with transparent labour policies. Design aspects that boost sustainability during operation of the ship include maximising opportunities to provide natural lighting or to capture all wastewater for treatment prior to discharge to the environment. Creating a bespoke cleaning and maintenance plan for all of the products in each interior also ensures that the design maximises the lifespan of interiors. For parts that are modular, it is essential to provide clear instructions for ordering replacement parts. Designers and architects can make a difference by seeking out producers that have a green message and products. When in the remodelling phase, they can foster new and clever ways to reuse existing elements instead of pulling everything out and starting over (repairing instead of removing, for example). In addition, they can work with manufacturers and suppliers to conceive products that will succeed in the market and then accelerate the rate of success by specifying them. This in turn will enable suppliers to see a real incentive to invest time and funds in innovating to deliver new and sustainable products. – “As architects and designers, we can contribute directly to more environmentally friendly ships by delivering timeless designs, not following short term fashion trends. Interior designs of lasting beauty and of durable construction with well-developed functionality will have a longer lifespan”