From Washable Maxi Pads to Eco Coffins: The Future of Sustainable Product Design
We're familiar with sustainable products in the green generation we live in--low-impact electronics, energy-saving appliances, and recyclable materials are the norm. But designers are always looking for ways to improve the technology of sustainability, to create even more efficient, far-reaching green products.
It takes roughly half a millennium for rubber tires to decompose, so Neumatica turns the inner-tubes of used tires into fashionable accessories (that surprisingly don't cross the line into tacky territory).
In response to the overwhelming amount of people who don't have easy access to clean water, this concept was created to easily transport and sanitize water in developing countries. A pump attached to the pedal crank draws water from the large holding tank, through a filter, and into a smaller container, creating clean drinking water and saving valuable time and manpower.
If you really want to make an eco-statement, ladies, you can prove your dedication to the environment with washable menstrual pads. (Tip: Wash with like colors.) "Ew"-factor aside, the reusable cotton pads and liners have obvious far-reaching environmental benefits, are cost-beneficial at around $20 each, and may also be beneficial to your health.
Better Energy Systems
Christopher N. Hornor (CEO/Founder); David Fowler
Three fold-out high-efficiency solar cells harvest and store energy for portable charging. The device can hold a charge for up to one year and can be charged from the sun, a USB port, or a wall outlet.
Design: Little Fury
Scott Chapps, David Malina, Tina Chang, Esther Mun
Aside from their ultra-helpful product names when it comes to curing simple health issues ("I Have A Headache," "I Have A Blister"), Help Remedies' packaging is made of compostable paper pulp and corn resin.
Lightweight, waterproof solar panels embedded into these bags can charge hand-held electronics or laptops just by taking a walk outside. A removable battery pack also stores extra unused energy that can be used when the sun goes down.