An incubator for sustainable thinking and awareness, Eat Green Design (EGD) is a unique design event focused on sustainable living; from cooking and fashion to architecture and product design.
The inaugural EGD 2008 week was held in Melbourne to promote the use of design in delivering a more environmentally conscious way of living. During the seminars, practitioners and industry bodies discussed the term ‘sustainability’ in terms of design and the marketplace.
The event had a cross-disciplinary focus – aiming to be a springboard for the development of architecture, graphic design, interior design, product design, industrial design, interactive design, theatre and set design, exhibition design, textile design and craft practice.
EGD was developed by Collaborate Online to be part of the Victorian Government’s State of Design program. The festival was housed in a purpose-built building on Little Collins Street, designed by architects with an eco-living focus. Curators also developed exhibition Before and After, in which designers were invited to transform discarded objects into functional and desirable interior products. The retail store continues to sell these designers’ environmentally-sustainable design products through the Eat Green Design website.
There was a strong business focus at the EGD seminars with fashion designer Lisa Gorman and Paul Mathis, the director of organic supermarket Greenland, both speaking about developing a sustainable and environmentally-conscious business model. All seminars fully catered with organic and bio-dynamic meals and wines.
Discussion topics included: The Ethics of What We Eat, Sustainability Led Business Solutions, Sourcing Food the Sustainable Way, Sustainable business: Not just organic fashion, Ship Shop: An environmentally conscious and sustainable shopping retail solution, Sustainability: A Community Approach, Sustainability in Dutch Design, before and after: more thought less material, Sustainable Architecture: Current Climate and Future Directions.