Green By Design Podcast Episode 008: Sustainable Leather with Beverly McAuley

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

Debunking sustainability myths around the use of leather!






Beverly McAuley, Director of Education and Sustainability at Moore and Giles

Here's the transcription of our conversation: Erica:

Okay. Hello and welcome. Hi, Beverly,

Erica:

Thank you so much for joining us today. This is the green by design podcast and we are so, so, so, so happy to have you here. Thank you for joining me today.

Beverly:

Thank you so much. I'm excited to be part of it.

Erica:

Well, you work for a company called Moore and Giles, and before we get into what you do there, I'm going to give the readers a little bit of insight into your background. Um, so they can get to know you a little bit better. So for those of you listening, Beverly is a graduate of Kansas state university with a bachelor's of science degree in interior design. So she's one of us. She has served the architectural and design community as an educational resource and representative for various products for 28 years. Beverly shares her extensive knowledge of leather through 15 years of experience, including her current position as director of education and sustainability at Moore andGiles, since 2012, Beverly's passionate about innovative sustainability and the environment. She is a member of the LP 50 and presents regularly as an ambassador presenter for the international living futures Institute. In 2008, she founded the nonprofit project change Inc, and became an award winning community leader.

Erica:

The organization empowers volunteers to find their unique way to make a difference through community service. Her efforts engaged thousands of volunteers completing over 300 service projects to bring permanent and positive change to Kansas city. Many of these projects have a direct impact on sustainability and she continues to volunteer throughout her community. She is a K-State extension master naturalist and leads a nature based retreats in her spare time. I'm assuming K state means, wow. That is such an interesting background. I am always interested to hear about a fellow interior designer who came to sustainability, like starting in interior design and your education was in interior design and went into sustainability because I came from the opposite, which is probably a little bit more backwards, but I came from environmental and sustainability education and then like into the business of interior design and green design. So I always love to know like the opposite transition. So what was your like sustainability journey? Like once you were already in this business?

Beverly:

Um, boy, and I'll try to make this a short answer with so many different pieces to it. And really what I find is it, life is a puzzle, you know, and you have these different pieces that fall into place. And here we are in this moment now. So for me all my life, I've had a love of nature. I believe natural products are a key aspect to great interior design, and I love creating things and starting something, you know, beautiful and new and, and healing if possible. So that kind of led me into interior design and I started seeing through representing various products and the focus on sustainability over the years, or depending on the product, the non focus on sustainability really kind of bothered me, right? If it was a product that was taking away or harming the environment, I seem to be aware of it before it became a big issue or a big buzz word, we'll say in the industry fast forward to my time when I was Moore and Giles, I kind of always viewed that part of me as a separate part. That part, that loved nature and environment was passionate about climate change and kind of an activist in that way until I came across. Um, and something I'm sure we'll discuss a product that we have that is super sustainable, which led me then to the living futures Institute, which you mentioned in the bio at that point, all of the pieces of the puzzle click into place. So now there's crossover with that passion for the environment and interior design and being a representative,

Erica: