Kitchen waste adds up fast, both at home and in landfills. But getting rid of food scraps without adding to a big problem requires living in a city with an advanced recycling system, or home composting… which usually requires a home with a yard. Marco Balsinha's Uroboros home vermicomposter might
Contemporary luxury is about more than a price tag—Talma is a breakthrough product for Italian luxury furniture brand Moroso that offers an entry-level armchair to appeal to a new consumer demographic. The innovative upholstery technique reduces the supply chain and production costs and delivers a sustainable cradle-to-grave product that exemplifies luxury.
Designer Roderick Pieters has teamed up with Japan's Proef to launch Loper, a shoe line that responds to workers' health issues and reduces waste. After studying shoe design and manufacture, Pieters began thinking about the harmful working conditions and wasteful use cycle associated with keeping our feet neat. Glued-sole
Insects are an extremely efficient and healthy source of daily protein and nutrients, already historically consumed by 80% of the world's cultures - but uptake has been slow in the western world. Why is this? Pezt attempts to normalize insects in the kitchen - as with most fears, our distaste
How can sustainability practices drive innovation? We're on Twitter with Eastman Innovation Lab (@Eastman_EIL) chatting about Sustainnovation with Nanette Stowell of@Patagonia, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm (@hmumperdrumm) of Art Center, Dawn Danby (@ecoworkshop) of Autodesk and Nathan Jones of Fluid Technology Solutions (@ftsh2o) who will share their thoughts on the most important sustainability
The statistics around plastic waste are astonishing. Over 100 million tons of plastic are manufactured around the world each year, but according to an EPA study from last year, only 9% of what we make is successfully recovered through recycling. The reasons behind this are many, starting with general consumer
Spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere and we're fully embracing the emergence of the new—ideas, materials, projects and presentations. With all the buzz surrounding spring presentations, design weeks, conferences and the like, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to chat with a select group of experts
The Bios Incube is addressing the problem of decreasing cemetery space, while also proving to be a contestable alternative to traditional burial methods. The intent of the Bios Incube is to offer people a sustainable alternative for remembering deceased persons or pets in a natural and contemporary way. Everyone has
Clairy is tackling the growing problem of indoor air pollution. People breathe 3,000 gallons of air each day, but spend 90% of the day indoors, which is often five times more polluted than outdoor air. By using Clairy, consumers are able to filter 93% of all indoor toxins and breathe
When you start digging into the facts about e-waste, you realize that the renewed interest and debate around the issue—spurred by Apple's big Liam disassembling robot announcement—couldn't have come up soon enough. The amount of waste we produce as a result of our gadget addiction is ludicrous. According to Mashable,
The current water crisis in certain parts of the world isn't news but the facts and figures bear repeating. In Ethiopia, for example, women and children often have to walk up to six hours to collect the water they need and even then, the water they find, sourced from shallow
The Plastic Bottle Cutter by Pavel & Ian will make spaghetti out of your recyclables. This hand-held shredder has already blown past its Kickstarter goal and you still have weeks and weeks left to pick up your own. Why do you need one? The makers believe it will help with
We can just about guarantee you've never seen a home built this way. Nor witnessed every step of the process. Literally every step; these two guys start off by felling the freaking trees that they will themselves process into lumber, then proceed to erect an entire house, with a process
If you don't follow heavy-hitting sources like Packaging News, you may have missed a fun fungal story last week. IKEA is upping its green game, or at least its green PR. Sources at the international furniture giant report that they are looking into the viability of replacing non-recyclable packaging materials
Hendrix fans often say how cool it would have been to attend Woodstock, but all I can think about is how gross the bathrooms must've been. Four hundred thousand muddy, pee- and poo-filled hippies tramping in and out of a handful of portable toilets? Plus, I'm no expert on psychedelics,
Perhaps Studio [D] Tale is a creative business with a social edge—or maybe it's a social impact project with an eye towards business. Whichever is appropriate—the joint studio of Safia Qureshi and Maxwell Mutanda is far from your average architecture firm. Last week, on the stage of Design Indaba 2016
One of the more fascinating challenges for a product designer is creating the UI for something tiny. Aspirin is a good example: The active ingredient is so miniscule that we cannot physically manipulate it, thus its creators wrap it in a pill comprised of 99% powder, or an airy capsule,
Looking around, many of us see issues that we feel should be taken care of. It can vary from wicked problems like climate change to smaller—yet important—issues such as garbage on the streets to common courtesies on the street. But the issue with systemic problems both large and small
If there are two things American cities have a seemingly endless supply of, it's homeless people and trash. Now someone has figured out how to turn one into a positive for the other. It's been five years since we looked in on Gregory Kloehn, the man we jokingly referred
Paramus, New Jersey might not seem like Ground Zero for the eco-friendly movement, but perhaps that will change. That's the site, on an unassuming suburban street, of the Zenesis House, a brilliant piece of green architecture, engineering and smart technology. Designed by real estate agent Asit Parikh, his engineer father
We know that lumberyards can burn their sawdust to run the drying kilns. But let's say someone invents an efficient large-scale solar kiln in the future and the boilers are no longer needed. What else could we use all of that sawdust for? In addition to firing barbecue grills, another
In the last entry we looked at the potentially negative effects of industrial-scale sawdust disposal. If Dr. Sheldon Duff is correct and it's bad for the environment, what's a large-scale producer of sawdust to do? In small batches it can be safely mixed with compost, but what can you do
Now that sustainable forestry practices are widely understood and pursued, wood is a very smart raw material for us to use. It's renewable, it's relatively easy to work with, and it requires less processing to get into a useful form than, say, turning petroleum into high-density polyethylene or processing ore
The Apex Camping Shelter is a versatile, high quality weather shelter that will protect you and your gear from rain, wind, sun, and even snow. This tarp was designed for hammock camping and as an all-purpose camping tarp, or shade canopy, even when you're not using a hammock. Startup, GO!
Last year we looked at the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, and this month they've advanced to Challenge II. The winning project in Challenge II's Student Design category, Gabriella Jacobsen's Onward Bag, points to a potential solution for the plastic garbage increasingly finding its way into the ocean. As
Presented by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk, the 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.
Remember the "Crooked Forest" mystery we showed you earlier? Here's a photo: To refresh your memory, this pine grove in Poland contained a high number of these remarkably-shaped trees, which prompted theories on their causation ranging from snowfall to meteorites to fungal infections. But ultimately, consensus stated that the trees
As an industrial designer with a proficiency in injection molding, Pete Ceglinski's job was to "make plastic products," he explains. "And after a while I realized that we didn't need the stuff that I was making, so I stopped." Ceglinski instead turned his attention to designing an awesome product conceived
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, which is an idea that certainly carries over to the mysteries of nature (watch enough Discovery Channel and you'll be well aware of this fact). Sometimes these amazing facts, either abstractly or directly, are helpful for designers—hence, biomimicry. [See the co-director of the
With the amount of waste produced in the US, the goal of this project was to design a product platform that demonstrates product longevity by empowering consumers to take an active role in prolonging the life of their products. Through research I found that people aren't willing to service or
In August 2013 a 15-ton mass of congealed fat the size of a double decker bus was found in the sewers beneath the London borough of Kingston upon Thames. And recently another 10-ton, 40-meter-long "fatberg" had to be removed from a Chelsea sewer. Inspired by these issues, FATBERG was created.
Japan's Seiko Epson Corporation has developed something that beggars belief: An in-office paper recycling system that's not much bigger than your break room's coffee station. Called PaperLab, the system not only saves you the trouble of having to ship your paper off to be recycled (not to mention the attendant
Veteran dumpster diver Thomas Dambo hit paydirt at an industrial laundry. Discovering that they discarded scores of detergent bottles, Dambo biked them back to his workshop, cleaned 'em up and hacked them into this: The Danish artist views trash as a resource, a message he hopes to spread to others
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