Sustainable Design

Even as a 6 year old, Decordia MD Cordi Ashwell was environmentally conscious. For Christmas that year she designed a ‘Happy Ozone Christmas’ card for her parents highlighting her concerns for the ozone layer. As a young eco warrior and WWF supporter, she also at age 11 participated in the WWF sponsored shark swim which saw her swim a mile with a shark fin secured to her back. This passion to protect the environment or support sustainable causes has followed her far beyond her childhood and into the way she runs Decordia as a company.

Sustainable design is the first thought and priority for any new project or product. Even pre-Decordia, Cordi and her team were frequently working on events with incredibly tight budgets so naturally the materials had to be creatively sourced and reused many times. For example, signage used at Kendal Calling created back in 2010 is still being used now. The same can be said for some of the signage at Parklife which has been used since 2016. You can read our Vision 2025 guest blog about festival signage here.

In 2020 Cordi completed a Business Sustainability Management course with Cambridge University to learn, research and enable Decordia’s sustainability objectives to keep moving forward. Off the back of this, Cordi is now part of an ongoing global network of sustainability professionals from many different industries.

She’s come along way from that ‘Happy Ozone Christmas’ card and hopes that by constantly assessing impact and looking at more sustainable ways of design, Decordia will be able to provide the most sustainable options for clients that doesn’t negatively impact the environment for many years to come!

We’re proud to support sustainable initiatives or use sustainable products from the following organisations

Monthly Objectives

March 2021:

Recycle 70 paint tins and re-home unused paint in better storage so it can be used again instead of thrown away.

April 2021:

Set up non-recyclable waste collection with Veolia who have a customer hub which means we will receive weekly reports that detail amount of waste and types of waste which enables us to constantly make improvements. This non-recyclable refuse is then sent either to an Energy Recovery Facility or to produce Refuse Derived Fuel. The waste will be turned into energy to power homes and businesses, achieving virtually zero landfill.

May 2021:

Research fence covering options for festivals and events and find out which option has the least negative environmental impact.

June 2021: 

Start measuring the carbon impact of our office and workshop using the Julie’s Bicycle Creative Green Tool.

July 2021:

Capture our freelance event team’s impact whilst travelling to and during working onsite at events. We also want to get feedback from them on how they think we can be more sustainable in how we work onsite and evaluate everyone’s responses to make changes for the 2021 season.

August 2021:

Track and reduce crew transport to events. Encourage lift sharing and facilitate lifts from and to public transport to support crew use of public transport.

September 2021:

All artificial greenery cleaned and restored for use in future.

October 2021:

Communicate with suppliers to encourage greener packaging solutions. Encourage and provide the cleaners with environmentally friendly products so we can continue with Covid safety requirements but begin to move away from chemical cleaning products.

November 2021:

Re-engage with sustainability consultant for 2022 planning

December 2021:

Source all Christmas gifts and cards via sustainable sources so all gifts can be completely reused and recycled.

January 2022:

Researching and purchasing sample paper to use with our inkjet printers to print non-tearable/ waterproof site maps to avoid using laminators and pouches for the 2022 festival season.