Top 10 Eco-Friendly Designs For The Environmentalist In You

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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 in a sustainable and conscious way and to take care of the environment. Designers and creators come up with eco-friendly alternatives for almost everything. Every product needed and used by us in our daily routine has a green alternative. Replacing our usual mass-produced designs with these eco-friendly options will make a huge difference to the environment and Mother Earth. From soap wrappers made from artichoke waste to eco-friendly iPhone 14 cases – we’ve curated a whole collection of sustainable product designs to help you go green!

1. Kreis Cup

Meet the Kreis Cup, a durable, durable coffee cup designed to enhance your coffee drinking experience! Available in mug and travel mug styles, the Kreis Mug is a reusable mug made from used coffee grounds and plant-based materials, with no petroleum-based plastics.

Why is this remarkable?

It is heat resistant and designed to keep your coffee hot longer. That being said, the Kreis mug is still biodegradable, unlike the plastic takeaway cups you get at your local cafe or the breakable ceramic mugs you use at home. Once it reaches the end of its lifespan, the Kreis Cup easily disintegrates into the ground, leaving absolutely nothing behind.

What we like

  • Made from dried coffee grounds, processed and then suspended in a natural, plant-based polymer
  • Has the unmistakable light scent of coffee

What we don’t like

2. Float

At first glance, this concept of a product to help children eat and finish their food seems to have nothing to do with picky eating. The float looks like regular food storage that kids can bring to school, but on closer inspection, it’s a little more interesting.

Why is this remarkable?

The shape of the container is inspired by a ship and that’s where helping picky eaters comes in. Before they start eating, parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers of leftover food. After eating you can then float the container in the water and depending on the amount of leftover food inside the vessel will either lose its balance and sink or if it has finished everything it will float. It gives a bit of interactivity trying to convince kids to eat all their food.

What we like

  • Made from durable materials
  • Kids will have fun setting up and taking down the container

What we don’t like

  • I don’t know if this will actually convince kids to eat foods they don’t always like

3. Packioli

A Turkish designer was able to come up with a soap packaging called “Packioli” which is both hygienic and non-plastic and therefore more environmentally friendly. One thing that most similar products lack is convenience and she was able to add to that as well.

Why is this remarkable?

She used artichoke leaves and combined them with peapod bioplastics to create packaging that commercial soap brands can actually use if they really want to be more environmentally conscious in creating their products.

What we like

  • The wrapper itself can last for a week if it gets wet and then it starts to disintegrate in the water

What we don’t like

  • People may find the look of the packaging a bit quirky and odd

4. House Remix

Remix Maison is a collaboration between designer Irina Flore and Native Shoes using the latter’s material called Native Shoes Remix. This proprietary material is made from repurposed footwear, specifically using EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) and rubber.

Why is this remarkable?

Shoes that are no longer in use are cleaned and then ground into a new type of material and then used for other purposes. Sculptural structures also use metal for their frame. For this particular collection, they have created a piece of furniture that also looks like a work of art.

What we like

  • Created from recycled materials
  • Robust and ergonomic

What we don’t like

5. CafeB

Swedish coffee brand CoffeeB has developed a coffee machine that uses single-use, eco-friendly coffee balls. So basically it’s similar to coffee pod machines, except this one doesn’t have plastic pods or capsules, so you’re not contributing to the world’s plastic waste.

Why is this remarkable?

Coffee balls can last up to three months at room temperature or if you store them in your ref. And after using them, they can be turned into compost or natural fertilizer for your plants and gardens. In case you don’t know how to use them after coffee, the machine comes with instructions and guides on how to properly recycle them.

What we like

  • Made from partially recycled materials
  • The coffee grounds used are certified organic and fair trade

What we don’t like

  • I don’t know if the packaging could affect the flavor of the coffee

6. Mujjo

Mujjo has created a collection of luxurious cases for the iPhone 14! The cases are said to be the company’s greenest to date.

Why is this remarkable?

The cases are created from Ecco Leather, which is now rated Gold by the Leather Task Force. The beautiful vegetable tanned leather is produced in the Netherlands and provides a durable finish that will patina over time, making each individual case unique. The inside of the case is lined with the finest Japanese microfiber, which is thin, light and yet extremely strong.

What we like

  • A raised bump around the rear camera provides excellent protection for protruding lenses
  • The leather rises subtly 1mm above the edge of the glass, creating a raised bezel, which ensures that abrasive surfaces are kept away from the screen.

What we don’t like

7. The third size

The third size is a product concept that uses rice straw to create not only the fabric, but also the boxes they come in. Like anyone who has lived without a bidet or who suffers from various allergies and illnesses, tissue paper is one of the most used materials. In reality, only a small part is used and the rest is thrown away. Its reuse leads to many health and medical problems. Some of them come in disposable boxes, so the container is also part of the waste.

Why is this remarkable?

Using biodegradable and recyclable materials like rice straw can help limit waste. Third Size is a multi-size carton that can hold replaceable tissue packs. Different sized holes let you choose the size tissue you’ll need, whether you’re blowing your nose, wiping a table, or doing your bathroom stuff. The box is strong enough to be reused multiple times and can even be used as a container for other things if you don’t need tissue paper.

What we like

  • Helps limit waste
  • The box is strong enough to be reused many times

What we don’t like

8. B-Wise

Unveiled this year at Dutch Design Week, ‘B-Wise’ is a unique grungy looking lampshade that is actually made from mycelium – the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus that often grows under the surface as we just notice the mushroom caps making their way through the ground or tree bark.

Why is this remarkable?

The suspension, which measures an impressive 60 cm in width, has a grungy look that is unique to each lamp. To make each lamp, Myceen designers take an empty mold and fill it with mycelium as well as organic waste from the timber industry and agriculture, including sawdust and straw so that the mycelium feeds. In just 5 weeks, the mycelium takes the shape of the mold and is then demolded and dehydrated to prevent further growth.

What we like

What we don’t like

9. Kudarat

Discover Kudarat, an alternative to leather synthesized from algae, food waste and fibers. Created by Divya Verma from the National Institute of Design in India, Kudarat is based on the concepts of circularity and sustainability, targeting the SDGs (sustainable development goals).

Why is this remarkable?

Kudarat leather looks like animal leather but is cruelty free, waterproof, compostable, antimicrobial and has good tensile strength making it perfect for practical applications. It secured the national finalist position at this year’s James Dyson Awards, being narrowly beaten by a design for a reusable EpiPen.

What we like

  • They are dyed with natural colors derived from food scraps and flowers
  • Leather looks and lasts as long as traditional animal skin

What we don’t like

10. Airy

The award-winning Airy prototype is a light, comfortable, fashionable and even durable type of corset to correct the lateral curvature of the spine.

Why is this remarkable?

The designer actually created this after talking to a group of teenage girls, which is the demographic most affected by scoliosis. It tried to address the pain points of the back braces currently available on the market and came up with something that is not only comfortable, but accommodates the ever-growing bodies of its users.

What we like

  • The prototype is made from translucent polylactic acid (PLA) and its padding has a Voronoi pattern not only for aesthetics but to let the brace breathe

What we don’t like

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