Plastic products are a serious problem for our planet. We need more designs that do not end up in our landfills or oceans just to stay there for hundreds of years. Rising up to this challenge are designers Cristina Regidor and Arturo Moreno with the idea of reducing wastage for products like toys, whose life cycles are comparatively shorter. They have created ‘Long Animals’, toys made out of wood that last for a long time and are also well… quite literally long. They went a step further by creating the packaging in wood too. Their entire design (toy + packaging) is environmentally friendly. No plastic. Not even glue! Now that’s some impactful concept!
The toys, featuring a dog and a croc, come as blocks and use dowel pins for assembly. These pins are used to assemble the packaging as well. And all the instructions come engraved on the outer panel. Also, to reduce waste, the inner piece of the packaging that protects the blocks is made of wood residues mixed with the fungus Pleurotus Ostreatus. The mixture is inserted into a mold to grow mycelium, creating a light and ecological protective structure. The designers have definitely rounded up this design well! Kids can now have fun and help save the planet at the same time!
Designers: Cristina Regidor and Arturo Moreno