Victionary's new book, Love Earth, is an ode to green design—the cover is even made from the recycled scraps from the bookmaking process. Inside its cover, the volume starts with a mini-book featuring 100 Eco Ideas, green tips and suggestions solicited from the public and illustrated Guillaume Kashima. (Idea No. 80: Bind cork stoppers with a band as heat insulation coasters for kitchens.) The rest of the book features 100 eco-designs that range from products to packaging. While some are green in their use (or reuse) of materials and their innovative processes, some simply remind you to be conscious of the environment with their quirky, sometimes strange perspectives. We take a closer look at 11 designs featured in Love Earth.
Love Earth advertises its green cred loud and proud on its cover.
This page from the 100 Eco Ideas mini-book features two ideas submitted online by everyday folk. Both are rather smart projects.
Emeco recently collaborated with the Coca-Cola Company to produce the 111 Navy Chair. Each chair is made with the recycled material from 111 plastic bottles. Watch our slideshow from our trip to the North Carolina factory where the chairs are made to see the process from start to finish.
Flash drives all too often get lost or tossed so rather that putting all that plastic to waste to make them, Art Lebedev Studio came up with an idea to make disposable flash drives out of cardboard. This year at the Kitchen and Bath Show, we noticed many smaller and more smartly designed flash drives being handed out so there's definitely a market for this kind of design.
NEL colectivo's Global Warming carpet Nanimarquina is simple yet stunning. It's singular iceberg among a see of blue also strikes a strong sustainability cord.
Forget about disposable dishes. Jelloware is made of agar with a melting point of 185 degrees Fahrenheit so it can easily hold cool and cold drinks. When you're finished, melt them down and reshape them to use again or simply take a bite.
Maude Bussières's pencil packaging concept keeps extra materials to a minimum. The triangular pencils fold together in tight formation to be displayed in stores as is and then tear apart along the perforations when you're ready to use one.
Nespresso machines make great coffee but they also produce quite a lot of waste in the form of aluminum single-use coffee capsules. The company, however, has many initiatives and incentives for recycling and returning the capsules. We especially like this idea by Dottings, in which customers can earn points by returning used capsules to redeem for reusable cups made out of them.
The PeePoo bag is a single-use toilet designed for individuals in densely populated areas that lack adequate plumbing and sanitation infrastructure. The bag sanitized waste and converts it into fertilizer; the bag itself is biodegradable and encourages the process.
While not necessarily a green product itself, the RED Animal Crayon, which features animals in fear of extinction, reminds users about the fragile conditions of its subjects.
Though we are reading fewer and fewer printed newspapers, pages and pages of paper still gets dropped on doorstops around the globe everyday. Greetje van Tiem's furniture is created with yarn made out of newsprint. The front page of one newspaper can reportedly yield nearly 40 feet of yarn.
Korefe's Stop the Water While Using Me packaging is another example of a design that raises eco-consciousness. The soaps and other skincare products are also made of all-organic ingredients.
Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden worked with Artecnica to create these beautiful TranSglass vases from recycled wine bottles. The vases are made in Guatemala where young people are taught the skills necessary to make the pieces.