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Researchers have been busy at work – busy drawing inspiration from squids and using it to create a multilayered fluidic system that can significantly bring down the energy costs associated with heating, lighting, and cooling buildings. A lot of building’s energy is lost via its glass-pane windows, and hence the university has developed liquid-filled panels, with the aim of retrofitting windows with them, and in turn, using these windows to supplement modern buildings. Read More.
Re:clean is practically an appliance that cleans, disinfects, wets, and dispenses these wet tissues that curiously come in the shape of a circle with a hole in the middle, pretty much like a CD. It’s definitely a creative way of solving the pollution problem of wet wipes, though some might have misgivings about reusing such materials over and over again. Read More.
“Austria makes sense” was the slogan of the Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, and as you’ll read further about it, you’ll probably understand why. Designed by Querkraft, the Austria Pavilion was deeply inspired by the iconic wind towers, and climate-regulating features of traditional Arab architecture, usually created from clay, reducing energy requirements by 70% as compared to buildings of a similar kind. Read More.
This washing machine doesn’t need extra water cycles, and it runs entirely without electricity. A winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award, the machine is made entirely from bamboo wood, and plugs right into a shallow riverbed, using river currents to turn the machine’s drum. The water flowing through the machine helps wash dirt off the clothes too, giving you an entirely automated device that runs entirely on its own, using the powers of nature and human ingenuity! Read More.
The electrification wave is slowly taking over the Formula-1 ranks with the Formula-E racing car teams constantly developing technology for sustainable entertainment without compromising on the speed thrill. Even Formula-1 is working around the clock to be “Net Zero Carbon” by the end of 2030. This Formula Polestar racing car is a vision of what’s going to be speeding the challenging circuits at breakneck speeds. Read More.
Surgical masks look simple,they become dangerous pollutants, whether they’re burned by incinerators or thrown into the waters. Given the volume of single-use masks produced and discarded on a regular basis, that can easily cause an environmental problem. That is what COUCH-19 does in a way that is both meaningful but also useful. Hundreds of used masks are collected and then sanitized using ozone before they’re entombed in a pouf made from recyclable crystal PVC Read More.
There are product designers out there thinking of solutions to somehow help make life better for those who are affected by wildfires. The Living with Wildfire system is a yet untested prototype for a mycelium pod that cant withstand fire and has water and dormant oyster mushroom spores inside. The system uses an experimental method called mycoremediation which uses fungi to remove pollutants from a toxic environment. Read More.
Usually, cash has a minimal direct impact on the environment until they are used to fund activities or products that do harm to the planet in the long run. Credit cards and debit cards, however, are the clear exceptions because their very nature as pieces of plastic immediately makes them non-sustainable. That plastic design is mostly by convention, this unique card proves that not only can these cards be sustainable, they can also help make the planet heal every time they’re used. Read More.
Sony seems to have the right idea by introducing the new Earth Blue color option for its LinkBuds S TWS earbuds. Rather than just a different splash of paint, the buds are Sony’s eco-friendly option for more conscientious music lovers. While the headphones themselves do still have your typical electronic components, parts of it are made with recycled materials from automobile parts. Read More.
This concept is called Print Clay Humidifier and can be created through 3D printing using recycled ceramic powder. This non-electric humidifier is made up of two main parts. The upper part is the one where water is absorbed and then it evaporates it. The lower part is where you pour and store the water and it is glazed on the outside. The structure was created in a way that you do not need to separate it and it can be printed in just one piece. Read More.
Wild Stool can be the answer that comes in the most unconventional manner. The collaboration between Spanish designer Jorge Herrera and Greenarea, a Spanish company that specializes in plant decoration, created a biophilic design with plant stabilization technology to deliver Wild Stool. A cylinder-shaped low stool with a transparent base that encapsulates a miniature natural landscape, Wild Stool brings nature into interior spaces with no maintenance needed.
A start-up based in Abu Dhabi was able to conceptualize and come up with a solar-powered desalination system that can help solve water scarcity in areas that are near the ocean. The system resembles a floating greenhouse and is able to capture the water that evaporates on the surface of the ocean and then condense it and produce it as fresh water.
Cheng’s Eco-Friendly Pencil Sharpener have three sharpening areas, this design lets you conventionally sharpen a pencil as well as thread or tap them, turning them into wooden screws that can then be screwed into one another. A winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award, the Eco-Friendly Pencil Sharpener increases the lifespan of those tiny pencil stubs simply by allowing you to elongate them. Read More.
A Canadian company has actually been trying to do something about all these used, disposable chopsticks. They have been collecting the used ones from restaurants in Vancouver and then turning them into furniture like tables, which is a good way for the chopsticks to sort of come full circle. They are also used to create decorative pieces and even other homeware you may need in the living room or kitchen. They would fit right in with your wood aesthetics if that’s what you’re sporting. Read More!
Rather aptly called the Disposable Head Toothbrush, this oral-care device from the mind of Abtin Valerie Design Studio features a sustainably designed two-part toothbrush that allows you to snap on a replaceable bristle-head onto your toothbrush handle. After months of use, instead of discarding the entire brush, just pop off the bristle-head and replace it with a new one. Just this one simple design detail helps cut down on plastic waste by over 50% .
The creator of the Bio Heater is South Korea based industrial design consultancy Unichest for their client Flint Lab. The latter have found a novel way to make judicious use of all the cooking oil that otherwise is as good as waste after use. Target market for this particular prototype is majorly going to be the rural areas and farms where dirty kerosene and coal-fired heaters still dot the landscape. Read & View more!
Coral bleaching is a sign of a coral dying – the once colorful algae-coated creatures end up turning white and calcified, and while that looks rather pretty, it’s a sign that the coral habitat is now dead – a white sepulcher. Hoping to help at least start a conversation on this phenomenon, Coral Blanche is a white coral-shaped floor lamp with glowing orbs nestled on it, representing fish eggs. It’s a hauntingly beautiful metaphor.
Every product that is necessary and utilized by us in our everyday routine has an eco-friendly alternative to it. Replacing our usual mass-produced designs with these greener options will make a huge difference to the environment and Mother Earth! From a medical cast created using sustainable methods to sustainable eco plates – we’ve curated a whole collection of sustainable product designs to help you go green!
There are three parts to what makes the nuka notebook tick, and the most important is arguably the notebook itself. Using a special material made of polypropylene, the notebook removes the need to cut down trees to fill up the pages. Thanks to its matte finish and smooth surface, the pages feel just like high-quality paper. Unlike paper, though, it is virtually indestructible.
Modern Synthesis is a startup that works on biomaterial innovation for the fashion industry, aiming to identify radical and regenerative material solutions that could significantly reduce plastic pollution and emissions. There is science behind this idea, which is why Modern Synthesis convinced people to fund its research, and it has proudly shared that it received more than $4 million in seed funding from AgFunder to develop a microbial textile platform.
When it comes to room dividers, we usually think of bamboo screens, cloth curtains, shell curtains, accordion or folding portable doors, etc. Most of the time they’re just solid and not that imaginative. But what if you could make these dividers more decorative and artistic? Even better, what if the dividers are made from eco-friendly materials? That’s the idea behind this unique, sustainable, well-designed, and apparently aromatic room divider.
The Tribu system has modular sorting bins that are connectable and interchangeable. They come in different cover colors as well to help you out in segregating things like glass, plastic, metals, paper, biodegradable waste, etc. Each workstation lets you sort up to three different types of waste. Since it’s modular, you can mix and match the different parts and lid colors in case you need help in remembering which is which.
These architectural designs aim to harmoniously merge with nature, co-existing with it in peace, and allowing us to live in equilibrium with the environment. From the ‘Telsa of prefabricated homes’ to the world’s first floating city in South Korea – these architectural designs will convert you into sustainable architecture advocates! Teenage Engineering and Ikea designed some downloadable 3D printing files to amp up home sound systems.