Sustainable design: complying with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability.

Sustainable design is the intention to eliminate or reduce negative environmental impacts through designs. This concept can be applied across all fields of design such as designing buildings or products.

A sustainable design, regardless of the application, will seek to incorporate environmentally-preferable outcomes such as:

• Lower energy and water consumption through the entire lifecycle – from manufacture to daily use to disposal.
• Minimize impact on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or mitigating them.
• Limit resource consumption through waste-free manufacturing, a preference for renewable resources, and an emphasis on recycled materials.
• Give preference to non-toxic materials and those that will contribute to the health and wellbeing of humanity.

Source: Ecolife 

Find below our top sustainable design inspirations:

Oil package Made Of Caramelized Sugar

A package made of caramelized sugar, coated with wax. To open it you crack it like an egg. When the material is cracked the wax do no longer protect the sugar and the package melts when it comes in contact with water. This package is made for oil-based food.

Via Tomorrow Machine 

Oil package Made Of Caramelized Sugar byTomorrow Machine_Sustainable design packaging

Oil package Made Of Caramelized Sugar byTomorrow Machine_Sustainable design packaging

Swirling Faucet Design that Saves Water

A design student at the Royal College of Art in London devised the tap "Swirl" whose water jet produced beautiful swirling patterns. By this movement spiral and through any device within a double turbine, water is wasted least 15%. More details in pictures.

Via Simin Qiu

Swirling Faucet Design that Saves Water by Simin Qiu_Sustainable design packaging

Swirling Faucet Design that Saves Water by Simin Qiu_Sustainable design packaging

Ocean Plastic Bottle

Taking plastic from the beach and turned it into bottles! First bottle made with ocean plastic . Several million tons of plastic makes its way into our oceans every year, polluting the environment and hurting our marine populations. This plastic bottle is made from a blend of ocean plastic + recycled plastic (PCR).

Via Method 

Ocean Plastic Bottle by method_Sustainable design packaging

Ocean Plastic Bottle by method_Sustainable design packaging

Biodegradable coffee cup with native seeds for reforestation

Biodegradable cups that can be planted to grow into trees and flowers! The secret is in the seed embedded in the cup. The only thing that a consumer needs to do is unravel the cup, soak it in water for 5 minutes and then plant it. Or, if you're terribly lazy, throw it away – it's either going to grow into something, or just decompose after 180 days.

Via Reduce. Reuse. Grow

Biodegradable coffee cup with native seeds for reforestation_Sustainable design packaging

Biodegradable coffee cup with native seeds for reforestation_Sustainable design packaging

Sand Packaging

Using sand to create packaging for precious gifts. The sand could be reused to maintain to minimum the use of the natural resource.

Via Alien and Monkey

Biodegradable coffee cup with native seeds for reforestation_Sustainable design packaging

Biodegradable coffee cup with native seeds for reforestation_Sustainable design packaging

Wallet Made from Sustainable Cork

The simple wallet is constructed from a single piece of sustainable cork fabric that gets folded and fastened by hand, origami-style.

Via Seraph & Co

Sand Packaging by Alien & Monkey_Sustainable design packaging

Sand Packaging by Alien & Monkey_Sustainable design packaging

Cork planters

Reuse corks from wine bottles. Carve out a hole into your cork, fill it with soil and plant your succulent clippings

Via Upcyclethat 

Cork planters by Upcyclethat_Sustainable design packaging

Cork planters by Upcyclethat_Sustainable design packaging

Denim Cushions

Cushion design made from denim from old, broken jeans. Ripped into strips of various and applied to the design.

Via UnikaPuden 

Denim Cushions by Unika Puden_Sustainable design packaging

Denim Cushions by Unika Puden_Sustainable design packaging

TireFlops

TireFlops converts tire soles into footwear.

Via TireFlops 

Tire Flops_Sustainable design packaging

Tire Flops_Sustainable design packaging

Disposable food bowl concept

On the label it states: "Enjoy your food. Then put the seeds from under the label with gravel into the bowl and let it grow. After a week, plant bowl with a herb into the ground. The bowl will degrade and you can grow your own herb.

Via Michal Marko 

Disposable food bowl concept by Mikal Marko_Sustainable design packaging

Disposable food bowl concept by Mikal Marko_Sustainable design packaging

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