Clerkenwell Open

7th & 8th September, 2022


Sustainability: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Clerkenwell OPEN 2022 is thrilled to bring you a series of knowledge articles focused on the topics of our four design trails which are taking place at this year’s event; Sustainability, Wellbeing, Innovation and Technology. Kicking off the 2022 series we spoke with experts within the commercial interior sector about sustainability in relation to reducing a company’s carbon footprint.

The commercial furnishing sector is racing to reduce its carbon footprint; furniture manufactured from virgin resources currently creating a carbon footprint of around 30% of a commercial building within its lifespan. Many manufacturers are working towards reaching carbon and net zero, but how are they doing this?

When we spoke to Sian Berkeley, Group Sustainability & Environmental Manager at Ocee International, she told us that she had created a strategy for the company which focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, selecting 5 out of the 17 where she believed the company could make a direct impact.

Warren Brown, Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Muirhead explained to us that they had consistently invested in building their sustainable business, mentioning that it has taken centuries to build a company full of exceptional people, innovating every day to bring the finest, sustainable leather to some of the world’s most-loved companies.

A clear example of how Muirhead is leading the way in the manufacture of ‘low carbon leather’ is their Patented Circular platform which enables them to use, or create, their own renewable energy from waste materials.

Although passionately recognising the benefits of carbon reduction, Gareth Banks, Head of Sustainability at Orangebox, shed light on the difficulties of reducing carbon. “Circularity is a very important focus for us. We must also recognise consequences. If we open a new facility to accommodate remanufacturing, what impact will it have on our carbon overhead?”

Gareth mentioned that Orangebox has been using a range of eco-design principles for many years. He stated that smart design is playing an important part in maximizing the sustainability of products. Every step in the design and manufacturing process must be considered, an example of the design innovation needed to be successful in doing this is considering how the amount of recycled and reconstituted foam content be maximised without compromising functionality and durability?

If you are interested in participating in Clerkenwell OPEN 2022, or would like more information, follow this link.

Across 2 days, more than 50 Clerkenwell showrooms will form a series of design trails across the topics of Sustainability, Innovation, Technology and Wellbeing, bringing you the very best from the commercial interiors sector. Each trail is brought to life by showroom experiences; pause your journey to discover new product launches, speak with sustainability experts, get your creative juices flowing in a hands-on workshop, engage in thought provoking installations and gain knowledge from our industry leading seminar programme.

If you would like to read more about sustainability in relation to reducing a company’s carbon footprint, we recommend the following articles:


It’s virtually impossible not to read or hear about climate change and the ‘call to action’ to decarbonise. Best intentions to implement change can, however, be stifled by confusion and a myriad of jargon. To read more, click here.


As part of their Reaching Carbon Zero campaign, Design Insider had the chance to speak with Sian Berkeley, Group Sustainability & Environmental Manager at Ocee International, about Sian’s journey within her role and how Ocee are continuing to develop sustainability throughout the company.  To read more, click here.


Design Insider was joined by Dr Warren Brown, Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Muirhead. They discovered how the worlds lowest carbon leather is manufactured, the benefits of food and production waste and their cutting edge Thermal Energy Plant, converting end of life leather into heat. To read more, click here.