As a freelance designer life it seems is feast or famine from a work point of view. However I've decided that I will not take on any work that has a detrimental effect to the planet. But what about the detrimental effect to my bank account ? A recent request for a clothing catalogue design quote left me thinking where is he sourcing the clothes? and we get so much rubbish posted through our doors everyday do we really want another catalogue adding to the landfill sites and exploiting more poorly paid workers, so I turned down the job and I've registered www.equidesign.co.uk - theres nothing there yet but I'm voicing my thoughts here to see what people think.
Its quite simple - designers have a responsibility to look at the jobs they are offered and start saying no - if the product is just more stuff, not any easy decision to take I admit but if we can make a start, maybe eventually all designers will think this way. Being part of Equidesign - inspired by equitrade.com we would take on a badge of commitment to the planets future. I would like advertising agencies and design agencies to jump on board too, but will people do it, will they but greed and their bank balance first?
Think about it - if your product cant get any desgn or advertising produced because its not ethically made or its damaging to the environment what choice do you have but to change it............
I'd like to hear other peoples thoughts