Sustainable design – Vietnam’s new approach

As a country with more than 2000 craft villages, Vietnam is home of many traditional handicraft products with rich diversity in designs using sustainable materials such as rattan, bamboo, wood, silk, etc.

In the era of international economic integration, while many countries in the region focus only on quantity and use eco-destructive materials, leading tragic consequences to workers’ health, as well as to the environment, Vietnamese handicraft has its own approach: developing based on sustainable design.

For this purpose, since 2010, Vietnamese handicraft has cooperated with UNIDO to build criteria for sustainable production to meet international customers’ needs and to disseminate to around 1000 companies across the country. Vietnamese handicraft also cooperated with Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) from Netherland to develop new design and to connect companies with sustainable production to European customers. Besides, Vietnamese handicraft has cooperated with TAF, EU, especially with Lund University of Swede to promote and support for companies using and developing sustainable materials, sustainable productions, sustainable designs.

With restlessly effort, up to now, more than 50% Vietnamese handicraft companies has further development on sustainable designs. These companies meet sustainable criteria with proper certificates such as ISO, BSCI. This effort has affirmed Vietnam as a pioneer country in sustainable production to handicraft products.

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