The official first day of summer was this week, and with that begins plans for epic outdoor adventures. To help jumpstart your planning, we've compiled a list some of our favorite items that camping objects that feel essential rather than overdone and help make sure you conduct your camping or
The bi-annual Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge asks emerging designers to develop new solutions for improving our environment through sustainable design. Each iteration of the challenge brings us closer to realizing the imperative to create a circular market standard. Presented by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in
Since taking the role of head designer at IKEA several years ago, Marcus Engman has led a great effort to match the most well-known furniture company in the world with the best designers working in the business today. Why? Because he believes that high-quality design should be accessible to anyone.
Planetary Power HyGen is a hybrid generator that combines high-efficiency technology with integrated lithium-ion batteries, providing a vital communication link to outlying populations. It is a cost-effective, sustainable, and reliable alternative to conventional generators for use at off-grid telecom towers. HyGen’s engine runs at variable speeds and only operates to charge its batteries, making the batteries the primary power source. Fuel consumption is reduced by 60%, extending the refueling
This year's Ventura Lambrate themes are Social Design and Cultural Heritage—two very open-ended themes that invite designers to show work that address global change and/or represents their country of origin. We're happy to see most designers bringing thought-provoking work along these lines to the table. Within the two themes, we're
Outside of America, lots of countries have more than three measly recycling bins, with consumers trained to separate different types of plastic to make things easier at the recycling facilities. A local in Korea explained to me that after you're done with a drink bottle, the caps (polypropylene) go into one bin, while the bottles (PET) go into another.
The Reebok Future team recently announced their Cotton + Corn sustainable products initiative, which will include a pair of sneakers made from organic cotton and inedible corn waste. The Cotton + Corn shoes feature an upper made from organic cotton and a sole made from inedible corn waste. This cute
At the beginning of 2017, IDEO launched a website meant to serve as a guide and resource for designers hoping to support the "circular economy", or, the idea that designers and industries must begin to imbue in their design consciousness that products should be created with the intent of continually
Seaside Casual is a leader in the design and manufacture of outdoor furniture, made from recycled, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Our extensive collection of Classic, Traditional and Modern designs is sold throughout the US and expanding international markets. Seaside Casual is an award winning manufacturer, recognized for exceptional customer service,
Today, more than ever, design is vital for sustainability objectives. Working with Coca-Cola we created a best-in-class, global super-lightweight water bottle. With 30% reduced plastic and 100% recyclable, the bottle requires less energy to make and transport than previous bottle designs. Combined with an innovative “arrow” design, the bottle encourages consumers to twist and compact the bottle; reducing environmental impact.
Can you imagine growing your own food in a friendly indoor orb? Now you can, I guess, with help from futurist designers at IKEA and a local fabrication shop. The Grow Room is an idealistic product to make vertical gardening and localized food production a little more attainable. It was
These cool geometric vases aren't just a fancy set of homeware, they're a gesture of repurposing aimed at reducing waste. The slim vessels were designed by Libero Rutilo to bring fun futuristic design to the issue of overuse and waste of PET bottles around the world. After reflecting on the
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY We are a design/build innovation startup looking for an Industrial Designer inside our Seattle area design office. This is an opportunity to join a rapidly growing company on the ground floor and to influence the development of an innovative modular building product for housing. We work
At certain times of year, the sun bounces off of a glass skyscraper outside my window and illuminates my apartment from an unusual angle. And the room then looks dramatically different. The sun has to thread the needle to hit this position, and the phenomenon only lasts for a few
This month Ikea released their KUNGSBACKA line of cabinet faces, which are made from 100% recycled materials. Interestingly, they're using a blend of both post-manufacturing and post-consumer waste: The particleboard is made from factory-environment wood cut-offs as well as old broken pieces of furniture, and what Ikea refers to
Local Roots has finally made a mini farm that correctly combines the structural benefits of shipping containers with the difficulties of urban farming. Shipping containers are a beloved source of reengineering inspiration, but their reuse is often un-green and impractical. Similarly, there are so many fancifully farm-filled architecture concepts out
I had no idea that it was possible to transplant trees. Then again I don't have any experience working with nursery distribution centers, and a company called Dutchman Industries does, having been spun off from one in the early 1970s. Dutchman specializes in the mechanization of the field operations required
This sounds too good to be true: The folks over at Whirlpool's skunkworks, WLabs, have apparently developed a machine that can turn food waste into fertilizer in just 24 hours. Composting by conventional means ordinarily takes weeks or months; and Naturemill, a company that once made indoor composting machines, stopped
How do you get to work each morning? According to the United Nations and World Bank, there's a 54% chance that you live in or near an urban center - and it follows that you likely work in that city as well. It's possible that your home is within walking
JOB DESCRIPTION: TerraCycle is seeking an energetic and resourceful Industrial Designer with a passion for green design. Designers at TerraCycle develop concepts, designs, and prototypes for some of the world’s largest brands from their waste. We focus on creating eco-minded products and experiences that help people understand that
This week, mainstream media outlets are breathlessly reporting that Las Vegas, one of America's most visible energy hogs, is now powered entirely by renewable energy. Those reports are false. The first tip-off is this (accurate) statement in the source article, from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, that states "the city's
Despite a currently bleak-looking sustainable climate, designers' forays into eco friendly architectural and building solutions can sometimes offer a quick glimpse of hope for our future. This is perhaps most evident in projects where one man's literal trash becomes another man's treasure (one example that comes to mind are recycled
There are two main aims with the tiny house movement. The first is to reduce your footprint, doing more with less. The second is that it's supposed to be cheap, as in sub-$50,000. But looking past the second aim, a company called New Frontier Tiny Homes is betting that there's
Sustainability within a corporate context can often conflict with traditional business models, making it harder to incorporate on a large-scale basis. On what grounds, other than moral obligation, would a company create a sustainable product or establish expensive recycling systems when their whole MO is getting people to consume?
Design plays a major role when it comes to sustainability and global welfare. Everything from building efficient refugee tents and sustainable cities to recyclable batteries requires design thinking. But have you ever thought about the role design plays when it comes to food waste? Food waste is actually one of
If America's President-elect follows through on his threats to roll back pro-climate initiatives, it may be left to us private citizens to do what we can to help the planet. As individuals, our contributions are piteously small compared to what the U.S. Government can do; but with any luck we'll
Ours is the plugged-in generation, loaded up with devices that demand a steady flow of energy at home, at work, and on the go. We have spawned an era of energy dependence - and there's no indication that we can stop. The science advocacy group, Union of Concerned Scientists,
Leggy concrete tetrapods are commonly used as a bulwark against coastal erosion and tidal violence, but they can leave a bit to be desired. In designer Sheng-Hung Lee's opinion, they're both ineffective and unattractive. Looking at Taiwan's bleak beaches he began to notice that the heavy concrete blocks aren't as
Here's a brilliant way to create something new out of something old, from British designer/builder Rupert Herring. Herring took an old, staid dining table from the 1930s and broke it down into its constituent parts: He then cut the oak tabletop into strips, and rearranged and relaminated them together to
Every winter in New York City you'll spot lone gloves on the sidewalk or subway platform. That always makes me sad, as I know the person who lost it will undoubtedly throw the other one away. Single gloves aren't much good. Socks are the same; once you've got a hole
Farming is Filled with Emotions For the over two million American families who farm professionally, their work is toil and struggle, risk and fear. It is also joy and love, commitment and loyalty. Farm stories are generational, passing down both knowledge and lore from one generation to the next—from tales
Before we get to the cow thing, pop quiz: Which sector creates the most greenhouse gas emissions? We've placed the list of sectors below in alphabetical order—see if you can correctly list them in order of worst offenders. - Agriculture- Commercial & Residential- Electricity- Industry- TransportationTo force you to
Designers and consumers have an urgent challenge to confront in the current discussion around sustainability. How can we distinguish between goods which seem eco-friendly, but actually contribute to a culture of waste, and those that are truly green? Designer Danielle Trofe had to challenge herself to look at every aspect
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