Our unhealthy practices and way of life are really harmful to the environment and slowly lead to its deterioration. And the world has changed (for the worse) because of it. It is therefore extremely important to live sustainably and consciously and to take care of the environment. Integrating sustainable development into our daily lives has become crucial! And we can do it in different ways. Designers and creators come up with sustainable alternatives for almost everything! Every product needed and used by us in our daily routine has an eco-friendly alternative. Replacing our usual mass-produced designs with these greener options will make a huge difference to the environment and Mother Earth! From a bamboo cooling device that fights climate change to sustainable lamps made from coffee and orange peel, we’ve curated a whole collection of sustainable product designs to help you go green!
1. AREP bamboo cooling device
Inspired by the 2021 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urban Planning “Building the Resilient City”, French multidisciplinary company AREP has designed an alternative and energy-efficient cooling device for a sustainable, low-tech and affordable solution for tackle the climate crisis. Forming a hyperboloid shape for structural stability, the cooling device is presented as a bamboo tower that naturally cools the air through the adiabatic principle using “the natural coolness of water”. Explaining the cooling process, the architects behind the bamboo tower describe: “To evaporate, water needs energy, which is ‘absorbed’ by the heat in the surrounding air, thus generating the effect of cooling. Put simply, the firm grounds that the process can be compared to getting closer to an outdoor swimming pool on a summer day – the closer you get, the cooler the air.
2. The TAKEoSEAT
Folding stools aren’t new, but few try to hide the fact that people are carrying something to sit on. In contrast, the TAKEoSEAT shrinks down to something resembling a large wallet, or at least a sleek felt bag. You won’t look weird carrying it around, and the seat wouldn’t look out of place in an office space. Designer KRETHO positions this portable stool as a perfect part of an agile arsenal, allowing people to simply take their seat and move around as needed. No more rearranging furniture or sweating on a heavy chair.
3. Kevin Cheung’s recycling designs
Cheung’s first recycling product, the Boombottle, uses plastic bottles from medical clinics. More than the environmental benefits, however, Kevin Cheung’s recycling push also has human elements. Wallpapers that spark memories or come from other countries can turn into wallets that accompany you wherever you go. Jeans become smartphone cases that not only make an otherwise cold object feel warmer and more tactile, but also fade in unique ways over time. Each object becomes more than a simple product to use, but a book that tells the story of the humans who have encountered it.
4. The stair locker
The Stair Cubby, as it was dubbed, can be assembled without the use of tools, with tabs simply going into slots and held in place with dowels. The cubby is designed to sit on two stair treads, but the back panel can slide up and down to accommodate different stair heights. The storage has five open-access compartments for shoes, books, and any other items that can fit inside, keeping things organized and out of harm’s way. The choice of wood ensures that it will have enough rigidity to support heavier objects while still looking stylish on any staircase design. According to the designers, a single 1/3 sheet of 4×8 plywood is enough to make three units, so there isn’t much wasted material.
This handmade collection is created by a London-based biotech and biomanufacturing startup. It represents the close collaboration between the “manufacturer” and the “material”. The matter, Orb or bio-compound of organic waste, influences the maker while the maker prescribes the matter with geometry. As the material conforms to the manufacturer’s prescription, the manufacturer’s geometry inspires the material to bend and flow as it pleases. Obscure is made of 100% coffee straw and orange peel.
6. The Stamp Egg
The Stamp Egg packaging stands out from the rest because it is detachable and made of PaperFoam which is a durable, eco-friendly, low-carbon, highly recyclable and home-compostable material – it really is egg-cellent! Think of Stamp Egg as having your eggs individually wrapped, but instead of plastic, it’s a super durable and compostable material. It contains all the necessary elements for an egg carton – easy opening and closing, protective form and stackability. As the name suggests, it’s inspired by a postage stamp that lets you snatch individual pieces from the collection, and now you can do that with your eggs.
8. Dell’s Concept Luna Laptop
Dell’s Concept Luna laptop throws all that out the window, envisioning a laptop that would appeal to just about everyone, from the expert PC modder to the environmentally conscious consumer. The company is trying to apply several strategies through the pipeline to not only reduce the carbon footprint of the laptop, but ultimately make it as durable as any desktop computer that can be repaired or gradually upgraded.
9. Practiplant Portable Eco-Friendly Raised Bed
Composed of 100% mixed recycled plastic waste, Practiplant portable raised vegetable beds help you grow healthy and organic fruits and vegetables at home! The beds are maintenance free and durable, and also completely portable! It has tool-free setup and you can carry the portable beds wherever you go – they’re completely luggage-free! Recycled plastic waste is created through an advanced recycling process that recycles different types of plastics together. It completely avoids the sorting process and simplifies recycling.
10. The coarse pottery air humidifier
The Coarse Pottery Air Humidifier uses terracotta to function as a long-lasting alternative to electric air humidifiers by using capillary action to humidify dry interior spaces. Designed to humidify dry indoor spaces, the coarse pottery air humidifier almost looks like a clay heater. The air humidifier is made from a type of pottery that contains just the right amount of porosity and moisture absorption qualities. By adding water to the basin of the Coarse Pottery Humidifier, the droplets will gradually rise and evaporate through tiny cavities near the top of the Coarse Pottery Humidifier. As the water rises, the air in the interior space is humidified with small water droplets. The undulating body of the coarse pottery air humidifier creates a wavy shape that alludes to its natural evaporative function.