Mother Nature's Business Card

Mother Nature’s Business Card

Every year, here in the U.S., during the Christmas holiday season, televisions airwaves are filled with commercials for some of the silliest gift ideas ever invented. Year after year we are inundated with ads trying to get you to succumb to the charms of legendary products like the magnetized “miracle-cure” bracelet, 9/11 Commemorative Collectable Coin, US Civil War Chess Sets and the king of all useless items, the Chia Pet.

0 Designer: Jamie Wieck

GreenHouse Effect

GreenHouse Effect

The GreenHouse Effect is a collection of 10 product concepts by Orcadesign exploring the approaches to sustainability through design. What could green design be? Beyond statistics, technology and sacrifices? How can the (green) product sincerely and meaningfully connect with people, making it a truly more appealing alternative to other (not-so-green) products?

0 Designer: Orcadesign

Recycled Packaging Lights by Anke Weiss

Recycled Packaging Lights by Anke Weiss

The packaging lights show the transformation of a mass-product into a unique item. Through individual adaptation the packaging of products like juice, cookies or soap gain a new purpose. The packaging which purpose it is to support the sale of its content becomes a product itself. It survives the point where it usually turns into garbage.

0 Designer: Anke Weiss

Reuse in Design

Reuse in Design

With green being the new black, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and claiming they are environmentally friendly. But what is actually being done here?

Well…executives are high fiving each other for masking their planet plundering ways with carbon credits, designers are trying to figure out how they are supposed to help the environment by making more stuff, and every year McDonald’s hosts a nation wide ‘clean-up’ day where volunteers pick up the companies rubbish from the landscape.

Stay Cool Working Out

Stay Cool Working Out

The Cycool is designed for people who hate working out and hate sweating. It goes without saying if you work out, you’re going to sweat – thus we have millions of overweight (but dry) people around the world. With the Cycool, put those sweat gland in check. The system is powered by your own peddling. The faster you peddle, the faster the fan.

0 Designer: Jin Woo Han

ReTHINKING ReSOURCES

ReTHINKING ReSOURCES

Forty percent of the world´s energy is used by buildings. More than fifty percent of the greenhouse gases come from buildings and the construction industry. Mexican architectural firm, ReCURSO Studios, has these eye opening environmental facts well understood when they set out to design this modern showcase of low impact, sustainable architecture.

0 Architect: ReCURSO Studio

Sort and Separate

Sort and Separate

Lets face it. We all should be recycling. What used to be simple; “metal goes here, paper goes there, and plastic goes in over there,” is now a bit more complicated. For example did you know not all plastics and metals can be recycled? If you look for the recycling symbol on most packaging, it’s often filled with a number value. They denote what can and can’t be recycled. That’s where the Barcode Trashcan comes in. It makes being “green” a lot easier.

0 Designer: Woo Seok Park

Sharing Water

Sharing Water

I bet some of you have potted plants somewhere in your garden and half of you actually take care of them. Why not be a little kind to nature’s creatures and get the City Oasis pot. It’s pretty much a regular pot with a modern flare but what’s unique is the drain plate. It’s a lot wider than normal and holds a lot more water; perfect for the neighborhood alley cat. Clean water is hard to come by so share and share alike.

0 Designer: Iwashin Design

Saverclip Shames Your Electricity Usage

Saverclip Shames Your Electricity Usage

The Saverclip is a clothespin like device that reads electric usage on any power cable it’s clipped onto. Say for example the slow cooker crock pot you leave on all day. How much power is it actually using and would the results make you change your mind to using something faster, like a pressure cooker?

0 Designer: Lee Young Don

Scrunch, Flip, Flip, Tumble

Scrunch, Flip, Flip, Tumble

No, I am not talking about a new dance that is the latest craze, but about a new eco-friendly bag designed by Hetal Jariwala and Eva Bauer called 24/7. These two designers met while attending Stanford’s Product Design graduate program and hit it off so well, that they started their own green company called Flip and Tumble. The idea behind the bag is that the designers were moving to a greener lifestyle and wanted to use their reusable bags.

0 Designer: Eva Bauer & Hetal Jariwala

Sustainable Flash Memory Card Holder

Sustainable Flash Memory Card Holder

We all know there are way too many flash memory card formats out there. At last I count I believe there are at least 9 of them. Normally I try to stick with SD or Micro SD cards but sometimes that’s not possible so what’s one to do when transporting all those easily lost cards? Get a memory card holder.

0 Designer: Tom Kenworthy

Become One with Your Environment

Become One with Your Environment

The chair looks simple and quiet, yet if you notice, there is a planter that wants to connect with the chair. As the plant grows, it becomes one with the chair; A unity of good fortune. As the two unite, the owner of the chair continues to bring life to them by feeding them and giving them fresh air and light. A pot of fortune to last a lifetime.

0 Designer: Zhuo Wang

Rotating Recyclable Chair

Rotating Recyclable Chair

Chair 777 is a new concept by new and young design group, “Die Fabrik” which is German for “The Factory”. The Chair 777 is made of 100% recyclable cardboard. The chair can be rotated into three different positions, depending on the mood of the user – a lounge chair, stool and regular upright chair. At only 20KG, the Chair 777 is easily movable by using only one hand.

0 Designer: Stefan Hölldobler