It’s Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide

“It’s Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide” is a new publication by Aart van Bezooyen and Paula Raché that brings together six months research visiting inspiring sustainable design projects in a dozen countries worldwide.

Together with almost 60 designers, entrepreneurs and change-makers from New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Latin America, they share experiences, project examples and local culture to inspire and enable a more sustainable future.

What can designers do for a better future? With this question in mind the “It’s Not Easy Being Green” project was initiated by Aart van Bezooyen (Dutch) and Paula Raché (German), two designers living and working in Germany. They started the project in 2011 to get a better understanding of the fuzzy concept of sustainability and its role and importance for design. During 184 days, they explored a dozen countries to discover sustainable solutions in materials and design worldwide. During their journey they offered inspiring lectures and hands-on workshops to teach and learn about the local issues and practices of designers. On the way they met, discussed and worked with local professionals and students in New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and Japan.

This book is not for sale but donations are collected to support Viva con Agua, a charity organization that supports people with clean drinking water worldwide. Aart and Paula believe that happy reading goes very well with helping others. With more than 250 color photos of people, places and things for your inspiration.