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.
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
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
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).
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.
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
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
Reuse corks from wine bottles. Carve out a hole into your cork, fill it with soil and plant your succulent clippings
Cushion design made from denim from old, broken jeans. Ripped into strips of various and applied to the design.
TireFlops converts tire soles into footwear.
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