It's hard to choose "the best" eco idea--after all, green is always good! Here is what Keeseh Studio had to say about the competition:
After lengthy discussion and deliberation the judges and Keeseh Studio chose one winner and three runner ups. Judges took into account design, functionality, remnant/waste use, environmental friendliness, and energy consumption.
The panel of judges included:
Jaime Salm : Creative Director of MIO Culture
Kristi Cameron : Senior Editor at Metropolis Magazine
Allan Chochinov : Partner of Core77
Graham Hill : Founder of TreeHugger
"The winning entry was submitted by Edward Browka of Ecovative Design, from New York, for his innovative packaging design: His design, "Negative Volume", utilizes the natural bonding between agricultural wastes to create structural forms ideal for packaging. The product is a biodegradable replacement for polystyrene and Styrofoam. Negative Volume is a completely compostable product that utilizes agricultural byproducts, meaning it also serves as a great fertilizer for the home garden after use. Negative volume can be manufactured at competitive costs with existing packaging solutions."
Below is a bracelet for your wrist and your coffee! "These Coffee Cuffs are made from reclaimed architectural veneer off cuts. Exotic wood scraps from local industry are formed, glued and shaped by hand in Contexture's Vancouver workshop. Formed as a take-out coffee cup, the Coffee Cuff satisfies both form and function - the bracelet doubles as a java jacket."
First Runner UpClick below to check out the second and third runner up.
Second Runner Up
"David Gardener for his lamp design: The lamp was designed to eliminate unnecessary packaging. The lamp is designed from paper pulp and the spindle houses the plug, energy saving bulb, socket, and electrical cable during transportation. The pulp packing, made completely from recycled newspaper, is strong, durable, and entirely biodegradable."
Third Runner Up
"Sarah Turner for her lamp from bottles design: Cola bottles are used to create this lamp, taking them from their original state to a state that makes their original form almost unrecognizable. Sarah found that a surprisingly low percentage of bottles are recycled in the UK and she wanted to find a creative use for bottles instead of adding to the ever increasing numbers being discarded."
Honorable mentions were also given to Brett Allcorn, Cliff Spencer, Marcia Stuermer, Evan Gant, and ROTOR VZW for their innovations.