I recently stumbled across the wonderful Flickr page of Stuart Kerr, a Scotland-based exhibit designer and illustrator. Kerr runs his own firm, Stuco, but puzzlingly the Stuco website names a Glasgow street address while Kerr's blog entries refer to an Edinburgh base. His client base is split between the UK and Japan.
Kerr's blog, which has been kept up since his temporary move to Japan in 2004, makes for interesting reading and provides insight into the life of a designer struggling to stay green. A couple of excerpts:
Working on a job for a leading carpet tile manufacturer just now—one of the worlds most environmentally progressive companies. I had huge reservations about the waste generated from exhibition design after a few years in the profession but experience and jobs like these keep me going. I found out at the National Museum that it's quite easy to off load waste on third parties—be it acrylic for a CDT department at a local high school or timber to a wood recycling project. It just takes a phone call. Here are carpet tiles that we print on and reuse for other exhibitions. When their life is over they are recycled into backing product for new tiles.
...I live in Edinburgh so I'm more the brogues, monacle and corduroy type. Running a company now I do have a responsibility for my carbon footprint. I travel by bicycle for every journey within the city limits and take the train for almost every journey outwith. The cleats I currently use on my cycling shoes have three small protruding rubber pads which means, even with the heel making contact, my footprint is already tiny. By combining the love of bikes with the recent Japanese trend of Warm-Biz (turning the heating down and supplementing with a layer of clothes) I am one step away from setting up the bike in front of the computer to generate power for my electrical use which will make me, finally, carbon neutral.