Carlo Ratti’s orange squeezer serves juice in bioplastic cups made from the peel

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati has developed a circular orange juice bar that turns the waste fruit peel into 3D-printed bioplastic cups to drink the contents from. Created for global energy company Eni, Feel the Peel is a prototype orange-squeezing machine that aims to bring circular design into everyday life. The 3.10-metre-tall experimental juice bar […]

X Shore electric boats designed for emission-free sea travel

Engine noise, fumes and carbon emissions are all nonexistent with X Shore, one of the first electric boat-makers to target the consumer market. The Swedish company manufactures all-electric boats, emphasising that the “power of silence” and lack of smell facilitates a deeper connection to nature. X Shore launched its first boat model, the Eelex 6500, […]

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival

Dezeen promotion: sustainable designs from Rossana Orlandi‘s Ro Plastic Prize competition will be exhibited at Istituto Marangoni London as part of this year’s London Design Festival. The works of winning designer Alexander Schul and other emerging creatives will be displayed at the exhibition, alongside pieces by renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni and contemporary designer James Shaw. […]

“We’re looking at a change of our total business” says IKEA sustainability chief Lena Pripp-Kovac

IKEA has committed to becoming a circular business by 2030, by eliminating waste and reusing resources. A year into the project, sustainability head Lena Pripp-Kovac tells Dezeen how they’re getting on. The Swedish furniture giant announced last year that it plans to make all its products according to circular principles by 2030, meaning that they […]

Kaiku turns fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments

Imperial graduate Nicole Stjernsward has invented Kaiku, a system that turns plants into powdered paint pigments using vaporisation technology. Avocados, pomegranates, beetroots, lemons and onions are just some of the fruits and vegetables that can be placed into Kaiku and turned into the raw material for paints, inks and dyes. Skins and peels are boiled […]

Allbirds crafts shoes from renewable materials including wool and castor beans

Footwear brand Allbirds uses merino wool to manufacture the textile uppers of its Wool Runners shoes, which also feature laces made from recycled plastic bottles and insoles produced using castor bean oil. Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown was disappointed with the synthetic materials used to manufacture most footwear and set out to develop an alternative that […]

Vollebak’s plant and algae t-shirt becomes “worm food” in 12 weeks

Tech-based clothing startup Vollebak has launched a t-shirt made entirely from wood pulp and algae, which breaks down in soil or in a composter within three months. The t-shirt itself is made from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests. Vollebak sources wood from eucalyptus, beech, and spruce trees, which are chipped and pulped before […]

London Underground’s waste heat to warm hundreds of homes

Waste heat from one of the London Underground’s tube lines will be used to warm over a thousand homes in the UK capital from this winter. The warm air will be channelled from the Northern Line to support the London Borough of Islington’s district heating, which will provide offices, leisure centres and 1,350 homes with […]

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 […]

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