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The Upcycle: with Dream Team Directors

The Upcycle: with Dream Team Directors

This husband and wife team are known for picking films focused on social change.Read more

This husband and wife team are known for picking films focused on social change.Read more

The Upcycle: with Eric Law of Urban Machine

The Upcycle: with Eric Law of Urban Machine

By: Michelle Johnson | GFDA Contributor Unsettled by the fact that 37 million tons of wood waste go into U.S....Read more

By: Michelle Johnson | GFDA Contributor Unsettled by the fact that 37 million tons of wood waste go into U.S....Read more

The Upcycle: with Caleb Anderson

The Upcycle: with Caleb Anderson

Having that approach with our planet, all our natural systems, and mirroring the regeneration designed into it, is where humanity is headed, period.Read more

Having that approach with our planet, all our natural systems, and mirroring the regeneration designed into it, is where humanity is headed, period.Read more

The Upcycle: Meet Alison Davin of Jute

The Upcycle: Meet Alison Davin of Jute

The Upcycle: A GFDA Q&A. Jute creates harmonious environments using chemical-free fibers—designed to benefit the health and well-being of their clients.Read more

The Upcycle: A GFDA Q&A. Jute creates harmonious environments using chemical-free fibers—designed to benefit the health and well-being of their clients.Read more

The Wisdom of Crowds: On Hope

The Wisdom of Crowds: On Hope

GFDA leaders sound off on their hope for the future of our industry ON HOPE What makes you hopeful about the future...Read more

GFDA leaders sound off on their hope for the future of our industry ON HOPE What makes you hopeful about the future...Read more

The Wisdom of Crowds: On Inspiration

The Wisdom of Crowds: On Inspiration

GFDA leaders tell us about books they read or wrote that supports our greener, healthier future. ON INSPIRATION What inspiring book...Read more

GFDA leaders tell us about books they read or wrote that supports our greener, healthier future. ON INSPIRATION What inspiring book...Read more

The Wisdom of Crowds: On Discovery

The Wisdom of Crowds: On Discovery

GFDA leaders share their discoveries and new technologies that enable a greener future. ON DISCOVERY What’s one thing you discovered this year...Read more

GFDA leaders share their discoveries and new technologies that enable a greener future. ON DISCOVERY What’s one thing you discovered this year...Read more

The Wisdom of Crowds: On Imagining

The Wisdom of Crowds: On Imagining

GFDA leaders share their visions of a greener future. ON IMAGINING What do you imagine for the future of design? Dan Brunn,...Read more

GFDA leaders share their visions of a greener future. ON IMAGINING What do you imagine for the future of design? Dan Brunn,...Read more

The Upcycle: with Kathey Pear

The Upcycle: with Kathey Pear

The Upcycle: A GFDA Q&A. Kathey Pear gives office furniture a second life.Read more

The Upcycle: A GFDA Q&A. Kathey Pear gives office furniture a second life.Read more

Materiality and Sustainability in the Design Process: Where to Start—Part Two

Materiality and Sustainability in the Design Process: Where to Start—Part Two

In this second installment of Materiality and Sustainability in the Design Process, we look at material choices in the interiors...Read more

In this second installment of Materiality and Sustainability in the Design Process, we look at material choices in the interiors...Read more

Materiality And Sustainability In The Design Process: Where To Start — Part One

Materiality And Sustainability In The Design Process: Where To Start — Part One

As a member of the GFDA you likely care about the negative impact being caused by colossal amounts of waste...Read more

As a member of the GFDA you likely care about the negative impact being caused by colossal amounts of waste...Read more

When Going in Circles is a good thing.

When Going in Circles is a good thing.

By Kathryn Soter | The GFDA I was in London last month and attended a circular economy showcase hosted by...Read more

By Kathryn Soter | The GFDA I was in London last month and attended a circular economy showcase hosted by...Read more

New Habits, Old Questions.

New Habits, Old Questions.

Garbage is garbage. We throw it away and we forget about it. And while you think you may know where it goes, let me lay out a couple of facts. The average American produces a little over 700 pounds of recycling and 1,300 pounds of trash per year. This is roughly the weight of a large adult male polar bear.Read more

Garbage is garbage. We throw it away and we forget about it. And while you think you may know where it goes, let me lay out a couple of facts. The average American produces a little over 700 pounds of recycling and 1,300 pounds of trash per year. This is roughly the weight of a large adult male polar bear.Read more

Saving Water Is No Longer at Your Fingertips...

Saving Water Is No Longer at Your Fingertips...

Californians think about water in ways that other Americans don’t. 

On the shower walls of the gyms here in the Bay Area, you’ll find waterproof timers to show you how long five minutes is, and little blue stickers saying things like “Shorter is indeed better.” Read more

Californians think about water in ways that other Americans don’t. 

On the shower walls of the gyms here in the Bay Area, you’ll find waterproof timers to show you how long five minutes is, and little blue stickers saying things like “Shorter is indeed better.” Read more

A Powerful Partnership is forming in the Bay Area.

A Powerful Partnership is forming in the Bay Area.

It’s inspiring to see how Katie and Kathryn’s collaboration is making a positive impact in the design and build industry....Read more

It’s inspiring to see how Katie and Kathryn’s collaboration is making a positive impact in the design and build industry....Read more

“Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into a reality for all the world’s people.” - Kofi Annan

“Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into a reality for all the world’s people.” - Kofi Annan

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4.5 Pounds of garbage per person is thrown out every single day in the United States. That ends up being 267.8 million tons of waste each year. Let’s normalize less waste and more reuse.

4.5 Pounds of garbage per person is thrown out every single day in the United States. That ends up being 267.8 million tons of waste each year. Let’s normalize less waste and more reuse.

Americans dispose of 12 million tons of furniture every year. That’s six times more than in 1960.

Americans dispose of 12 million tons of furniture every year. That’s six times more than in 1960.

88% of design professionals are interested in reducing their waste, but don’t know where to begin. It’s not as hard as you think. We promise.

88% of design professionals are interested in reducing their waste, but don’t know where to begin. It’s not as hard as you think. We promise.