LARQ water bottle self-cleans using UV light

The minimalist LARQ bottle cleans itself using UV light, for people troubled by the hygiene of tricky-to-wash reusable water bottles. The LARQ bottle contains an LED in its lid that transmits UV-C light in the 280-nanometre range — the same as is used to sterilise surfaces in hospitals. According to LARQ, at this wavelength, the light […]

Whooshh Passage Portal uses AI to shoot fish through a tube over dams

Fish with migration paths blocked by a dam can be shot over the top via the Whooshh Passage Portal technology after being sorted by artificial intelligence. Whooshh Innovations is a Seattle-based company that is developing better technology to help fish migrate over dams. The Whooshh Passage Portal is their latest all-in-one system for fish passage. […]

Helsinki launches Think Sustainably digital service for residents and tourists

The city of Helsinki has revealed a first-of-its kind app and website meant to empower citizens, businesses and tourists to make more sustainable choices. The Think Sustainably digital service resembles a regular city guide, but with environmental sustainability as the primary factor. It is part of the local government’s Carbon Neutral Helsinki Initiative, which aims […]

Chloe Baines makes fashion collection from tents left behind at festivals

London College of Fashion graduate Chloe Baines has designed a collection of clothing and jewellery from the upcycled tents and metal pegs left after music festivals. The collection, called In Tents: The After Party, was designed in collaboration with Central Saint Martins graduate Belle Smith, who made matching earrings and rings from the tent pegs. […]

Jasmine Linington uses seaweed to make couture clothing

Textile design graduate Jasmine Linington establishes seaweed as a high-end fashion material with her collection of nature-derived couture garments. In a bid to address the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry, the Edinburgh College of Art MFA student looked to the Scottish shores for more sustainable materials. Every element of Linington’s Seaweed Girl […]

House of Marley’s wireless earbuds are made from recycled materials and bamboo

Music electronics brand House of Marley has created a pair of bamboo and recycled plastic earbuds as an “eco-conscious alternative” to plastic headphones. The Liberate Air wireless earbuds by House of Marley are made from a variety of sustainable materials such as aluminium, bamboo and a wood fibre composite made from sawdust, as well as […]

Teresa van Dongen’s Mud Well light uses microorganisms to create electricity

Bacteria from a boggy World War Two bomb crater generate kaleidoscopic light forms inside this telescope-like tube by Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen. The Mud Well installation is the latest iteration of Van Dongen‘s ongoing research into geobacter bacteria as an electricity source for human use. The microorganisms, which can purify water while naturally and […]

Bio Iridescent Sequins are the green alternative for sustainable sparkles

Designer Elissa Brunato has created the Bio Iridescent Sequin, a shimmering embellishment made from trees that is more sustainable than regular plastic sequins. Instead of using petroleum-based plastic, Brunato has developed a way of making glittering sequins from the cellulose extracted from trees. The cellulose’s crystalline form refracts light and makes the sequins naturally shimmery, without […]

H&M called out for “greenwashing” in its Conscious fashion collection

Norway’s consumer watchdog has criticised fast-fashion chain H&M for misleading marketing of its “sustainable” Conscious collection. The Norwegian Consumer Authority (CA) has said that the Swedish clothing retailer provides “insufficient” information about the sustainable nature of its “sustainable style” collection. CA director, Elisabeth Lier Haugseth, warned consumers that they may be being misled by “greenwashing” […]

Futurekind projects are designed for people rather than profit

Creating communally for social good has to be the future of design, says Robert Phillips, author of Futurekind: Design by and for the People. He picks out five projects from the book that demonstrate the idea in action. Part manifesto, part call-to-arms, Futurekind brings together more than 60 projects from around the globe designed to directly […]

Zara clothing to be made using 100 per cent sustainable fabrics by 2025

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has announced that 100 per cent of the cotton, linen and polyester used in its clothing will be more sustainable, organic or recycled by 2025. Zara‘s holding group, Inditex – the world’s third largest clothing company – made the sustainability pledge at its annual shareholders’ meeting on 16 July. The company stated that it […]

Adopting circular design is “good for business” says Adidas eco-innovation leader

Embracing the circular economy and closed-loop design is the only way for brands to achieve business success while safeguarding the planet, according to a senior member of the innovation team at Adidas. The circular economy “is the solution,” said Dharan Kirupanantham, who is an eco-innovation programme leader at the sportswear brand. “We don’t see it […]

Viking-style seaweed thatch updated into prefab panelling

Traditional Danish seaweed thatching could be updated into a sustainable contemporary building material, according to research by Kathryn Larsen. Copenhagen School of Business and Design student Larsen became interested in the potential for seaweed architecture after studying the Viking practice of thatching roofs using eelgrass on the island of Læsø. “Eelgrass is a fantastic material that […]

Cif ecorefill spray bottles can be refilled with cleaning concentrate

Consumer goods company Unilever has launched Cif ecorefill, a concentrated cleaning product that can be diluted at home within a refillable spray bottle, to reduce plastic use. The Unilever product comes as a 10-times concentrated formula, which requires much less packaging than the regular size bottle. Shoppers buy one spray bottle containing a Cif household cleaning product, which […]

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. The researchers’ eco-friendly bricks are made of soil, cement, charcoal and organic luffa fibres — better known as loofah, the plant commonly used for […]

Bentley’s EXP 100 GT concept reimagines grand touring for the year 2035

Bentley looks to the future with the EXP 100 GT concept car that pairs artificial intelligence with sustainable materials made from recycled rice-husks and wine-production waste. Fully electric with the option of autonomous driving, the EXP 100 GT was released yesterday in celebration of the car brand’s 100th birthday. Made from lightweight aluminium and carbon […]

Garrett Benisch designs Sum Waste pen derived from human sewage

Pratt Institute graduate Garrett Benisch has proposed using biosolids, the organic matter derived from treated sewage, to produce a compostable ballpoint pen and its ink. Benisch, who just graduated from New York’s Pratt Institute with a degree in industrial design, created the Sum Waste pen for his thesis project. The curvy, translucent writing instrument made […]

Eight companies and designers making trainers as sustainable as possible

Footwear brands are competing to produce ever more sustainable sneakers. Here are eight brands leading the pack with trainers made from algae and pineapple husks to bioplastics and recycled waste. Big brands including Adidas and Reebok, as well as startups such as Native Shoes and Ecoalf, are trying to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of […]

Hyunseok An designs a sustainable algae micro-farm for the home

Graduate designer Hyunseok An wants to highlight the role that “unappreciated” algae could play in our diets by creating an indoor micro-farm for the home. Designed to introduce algae into our everyday lives, The Coral micro farm is a wall-mounted bioreactor that aims to encourage people to use algae as a more sustainable component of […]

Soapack bottles can be used as soap once their contents are finished

Central Saint Martins post-graduate student Mi Zhou has created toiletry bottles called Soapack that are cast from soap and melt away once they are no longer useful. To make each Soapack, vegetable oil-based soap is dyed using pigments from minerals, plants and flowers and formed in a mould, in a process similar to slip-casting ceramics. […]

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