Looking for new cabin sustainability ideas?


In response to regulations and a growing public expectation for the travel sector to reduce its environmental impact, a new event is launching this year: the Sustainable Design Summit (SDS). The Summit will bring together designers and customer experience experts from across the aviation, hotel and cruise sectors, with the common goal of making travel more sustainable while maintaining high standards of customer experience.

The SDS, due to take place in London on 29 November 2022, is intended to be more of a place for discussion and collaboration rather than the standard conference format, giving attendees the opportunity to exchange cross-sector ideas about making sustainable interior design choices.

The expert-led sessions will delve into topics including the principles of sustainability, designing with net-zero targets in mind, and how sustainable interiors can impact the customer experience. Breakout sessions throughout the day will give delegates the opportunity to hold cross-industry conversations addressing topics such as circular design; colour, material and finish choices; and sustainability infrastructure. One topic that will be important for attendees to take back to their teams is how to hold a conversation about sustainability, while another talking point will be the product showcase gallery, featuring innovative sustainable materials, textiles and other interior products.

Guests can continue the discussions at the drinks reception, and even enjoy a little tourism as the event takes place at The Brewery in the City of London, close to a fantastic example of brutalist architecture: the Barbican Centre. Visitors might also be interested in an event taking place the following day in London, from the same organisers: Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe.

Toby Walters, CEO at Elite Exhibitions, the organiser of the SDS, said, “We are delighted that so many experts from across all three sectors are supporting this launch by joining our advisory board, including My Nguyen, director of interior design at Holland America Group; Blake Emery, president at Emery & Associates (former director of differentiation strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes); and Bryan Liska, director of design at Hilton Latin America & the Caribbean. Brand owners, airlines, cruise lines, hoteliers, design studios, interiors suppliers and leading sustainability experts are invited to attend this focussed day of learning and networking.”

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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