These purses are significant as design objects, and also as examples of an Australian made product that has been sustainably designed and manufactured to minimise its negative impact on the environment. They are made from renewable fibres, use non toxic materials in their manufacture and have had the energy needed to produce them carbon offset. Apple and Bee is a carbon neutral company, which is a growing trend in the design industry.
Adoption of sustainable design is not a passing trend. It is fast becoming a mainstream way of thinking as we face more and more challenges in sustaining our food supply, water, and our environment. The throwaway mentality of modern day culture combined with the current environmental crisis puts a spotlight on sustainable design. It plays an important role in delivering products that have a greater lifespan, and a better efficiency in their use of materials and energy. Sustainable design is vitally important to help eliminate the negative environmental impacts of industrial production.
McLennan, J. F. (2004), The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
Fan Shu-Yang, Bill Freedman, and Raymond Cote (2004). "Principles and practice of ecological design". Environmental Reviews. 12: 97-112
Assistant Curator, July 2009