Sustainable Design

At Sustainability ROX’ Sustainable Design event led by leading partner, De Montfort University, delegates and businesses came together to meet with staff with a wealth of industry experience, and speak to academics at the cutting edge of Sustainable Design and Textiles and Materials research.

Delegates visited ‘Artifacts Live: A Legacy in Leather Exhibition’ at DMU Museum with exhibition curator Gillian Proctor; toured the Faculty of Design facilities and research centre; engaged with fellow delegates on our discussion tables, business area and visited our expo area to discover state-of-the-art sustainability in design first hand…

As a leading university in the top 50 of universities in the world for sustainability, De Montfort University is proud of its status as a Global Hub for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals. The university performs particularly strongly in the categories of Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Our action-packed day was split into 3 sections of content: Carbon Champions; Solutions for Business and Legislation for Green Growth, with a full programme of panel sessions exploring a range of different pressing topics…

Carbon Champions

What on Earth is Carbon? Do You Know Your ESGs From Your SDGs?

Carbon literacy can benefit the planet, your business and your wallet!

With Professor Christine White and Karl Letten

Helping You In Every Way

Bringing together local authorities, SMEs and large industry to give you practical tips and funding information for the greenest start…

With Simon Platts, Jonny Prest, Mark Shayler and Sue Tilley.

Your Green Business Plan

Design yours here today, with experts to guide you through in a live workshop!

With Professor Christine White, Karl Lettern and Dr Amal Abuzeinab.

Solutions For Business

Sustainability For All

Building a Greener Future With Maximum Benefits.


A Circular Economy: Making Every Element Count

One person’s rubbish is another’s treasure – how the by-product of one industry can be the answer to another’s problem – a closer look at manufacturing symbiosis.

With Patrick Grant, Dr Claire Lerpeniere, Simon Platts and Dr Ed Smith.

Leather Vs Synthetics – Which Is Best?

Bringing together local authorities, SMEs and large industry to give you practical tips and funding information for the greenest start…

With Bill Amberg, Mike Redwood, Alice Robinson and Dr Kerry Senior.

Looking From a Different Angle

Bringing together local authorities, SMEs and large industry to give you practical tips and funding information for the greenest start… Changing why you do it and how you do it can unlock new potential and save you money!

With Tim Clark, Bill Haley, Fraser Lockley and Professor Christine White

Legislation for Growth

Stumbling Blocks On the Road to Net Zero

How legislation is making sustainability a struggle for large and smaller businesses alike.

With Elizabeth Dakin, Ismay Mummery, Mark Shayler and Professor Christine White

Identifying And Promoting Green Growth Opportunities for the Future.

Local strengths, education, investment, innovation for sustainability and economic success.

With James Burkmar, Andy Clarke and Katie Greenhalgh

Industry’s next generation of design and innovation

Our youth panel discusses what’s important for them and the world they will be inheriting.

With Dr Amal Abuzeinab and members of our student panel

Our Key Speaker
Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant has a lot to say about clothes; how many we buy, how we value them, what they’re made from, and importantly who made them and where. His campaigning clothes brand Community Clothing supports local clothing and textile manufacturers across the UKand Patrick is an outspoken advocate for radical change in the fashion and clothing industry, for moving beyond sustainable to circular and regenerative.

Patrick’s career in fashion has spanned almost two decades. In that time he has rebuilt the Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons, relaunched E. Tautz for which he won Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, and built the most successful designer collaboration in Debenham’s history with Hammond & Co. He has worked with some of the world’s best known brands including Cartier, Rolls Royce, Lotus, BMW, Mercedes, The Macallan, Chivas Regal, Barbour, Christian Louboutin, and Alexander McQueen.

Then in 2015 Patrick bought the ailing Blackburn clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg, saving the factory from closure. This got him thinking about the fate of the many other great UK textile and garment makers, many of which he knew well, and how to secure their future and the future prosperity of the communities that those businesses support. The result of this thinking was Community Clothing which was launched in 2016 and has since earned him widespread praise.

Patrick is a regular on TV and Radio, as a commentator and a documentary maker, but he is best known for his role on the hit BBC series The Great British Sewing Bee, which was nominated for a BAFTA in 2022. Patrick won Celebrity Mastermind and The Weakest Link, but didn’t do as well in Masterchef. He has written on diverse subjects for many titles including The Financial Times, The Times and GQ. He has written one book, Original Man, published in 2014, and is currently writing two more.

Patrick has a degree in Materials Science from Leeds and an MBA from Oxford, an honorary Doctorate from Heriot Watt, an honorary Fellowship from UCLan, is an honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In 2018 he gave a Ted Talk about the thinking behind Community Clothing. And he is an ambassador for The King’s Foundation, a charity which supports education activities for people of all ages across the UK.

Dr Amal Abuzeinab
Senior Lecturer - School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Bill Amberg
Founder & Leather Craftsman
James Burkmar
Consultant to the Creative and Cultural Sectors
Tim Clark
Technical Executive at John Smedley Ltd
Adam Clarke
Labour Councillor
Elizabeth Dakin
Sustainability Manager
Katie Greenhalgh
Green Growth, Innovation and Skills Lead
Bill Haley
Company Founder of Haley Sharpe Design & Ambassador for All-In Leicester
Dr Claire Lerpiniere
Associate Professor for The School of Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University
Karl Letten
Sustainability Manager
Fraser Lockley
Specification Manager
Ismay Mummery
Doctoral Researcher and Founder of Boy Wonder
Simon Platts
CEO and Co-Founder of Recomme, Former Responsible Sourcing and ESG Director at ASOS and NEXT
Jonny Prest
Creative Strategist
Mike Redwood
Leather Specialist
Alice Robinson
Dr Kerry Senior
Director at Leather UK
Mark Shayler
Owner of This Is Ape
Dr Ed Smith
Research Fellow for The School of Design at De Montfort University
Sue Tilley
Head of Business and Innovation at Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership
Professor Christine White
Deputy Dean of Arts, Design and Humanities at De Montfort Leicester University