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  • 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. <br><br>

Here are 11 examples of sustainable product design, just a handful of the hundreds you'll find in the extensive 440-page book <a href="http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/design/all/04448/facts.product_design_in_the_sustainable_era.htm"><em>Product Design in the Sustainable Era</em></a>, out next month.
  • <strong><a href="http://dell.com/hybrid">Dell Studio Hybrid</a></strong><br>
2008, San Francisco, CA<br><br>

Design: Dell Experience Design Group in collaboration with <a href="http://newdealdesign.com">NewDealDesign</a><br><br>

Dell's smallest and greenest desktop PC uses 70% less power than a typical desktop and meets Energy Star standards with an 87% efficient power supply.
  • <strong>Stax Chair</strong><br>
2008, Newport Beach, CA<br><br>

Design:<br>
<a href="http://skatestudyhouse.com">Skate Study House</a><br>
Created by Pierre Andre Senizergues<br>
Designed with Gil Le Bon De LaPointe<br><br>

Skate Study House uses recycled skateboard decks to recreate iconic pieces of furniture from the renowned post-war project Case Study House.
  • <strong><a href="http://neumaticanet.com.ar">Neumatica</a></strong><br>
2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina<br><br>

Design:<br>
Neumatica<br>
Deby Piwnica, Roberto Piwnica<br><br>

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).
  • <strong><a href="http://ideo.com/work/featured/aquaduct">Aquaduct Concept Vehicle</a></strong><br>
2008, Palo Alto, CA<br><br>

Design:<br>
<a href="http://ideo.com">IDEO</a><br><br>

In response to the <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/pics/water-world-organizations-goal-provide-water-2-million-people">overwhelming amount of people</a> 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.
  • <strong>Hydrosphere</strong><br>
2006, London, UK<br>
<a href="http://electrolux.com">Electrolux</a><br><br>

Design:<br>
Kleber Puchaski, Jorge Santos<br><br>

This self-sufficient greenhouse grows herbs and small plants by using mineral-enriched solutions and a central heat lamp.
  • <strong><a href="http://lunapads.com">Lunapads</a></strong><br>
2009, Vancouver, Canada<br><br>

Design:<br>
Lunapads<br>
Madeleine Shaw<br><br>

If you <em>really</em> 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 <a href="http://lunapads.com/why-switch/health-considerations">beneficial to your health</a>.
  • <strong><a href="http://laptop.org">One Laptop Per Child: XOXO</a></strong><br>
2008, Cambridge, MA<br><br>

Design:<br>
<a href="http://fuseproject.com">fuseproject</a><br>
Yves Béhar, Bret Recor<br><br>

The durable, energy-efficient <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/144/a-is-for-app.html">learning tool</a> has a five-year estimated lifetime.
  • <strong><a href="http://solio.com">Solio: Universal Solar (Hybrid) Charger</a></strong><br>
2005, London, UK<br><br>

Design:<br>
Better Energy Systems<br>
Christopher N. Hornor (CEO/Founder); David Fowler<br><br>

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.
  • <strong><a href="http://helpineedhelp.com">Help Remedies</a></strong><br>
2009, New York, NY<br><br>

Design:<br>
<a href="http://chappsmalina.com>ChappsMalina</a><br>
<a href="http://littlyfury.com>Little Fury</a><br>
Scott Chapps, David Malina, Tina Chang, Esther Mun<br><br>

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.
  • <strong><a href="http://ecocoffins.com">Eco Coffins</a></strong><br>
2009, Cambridge, UK<br><br>

Design:<br>
<a href="http://omobono.co.uk">Omobono</a><br>
<a href="http://cambridgegraphics.co.uk">Cambridge Graphics</a><br><br>

Unlike chipboard coffins that release toxins when cremated or buried, Eco Coffins are made from 100% biodegradable recycled cardboard, layered to create a sturdy, eco-friendly alternative.
  • <strong>Voltaic Solar-Powered Bags</strong><br>
2008, New York City<br>
<a href="http://voltaicsystems.com">Voltaic Systems</a><br><br>

Design:<br>
Voltaic Systems<br>
Shayne McQuade<br><br>

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.
  • 01 /12 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.

    Here are 11 examples of sustainable product design, just a handful of the hundreds you'll find in the extensive 440-page book Product Design in the Sustainable Era, out next month.
  • 02 /12 Dell Studio Hybrid
    2008, San Francisco, CA

    Design: Dell Experience Design Group in collaboration with NewDealDesign

    Dell's smallest and greenest desktop PC uses 70% less power than a typical desktop and meets Energy Star standards with an 87% efficient power supply.
  • 03 /12 Stax Chair
    2008, Newport Beach, CA

    Design:
    Skate Study House
    Created by Pierre Andre Senizergues
    Designed with Gil Le Bon De LaPointe

    Skate Study House uses recycled skateboard decks to recreate iconic pieces of furniture from the renowned post-war project Case Study House.
  • 04 /12 Neumatica
    2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Design:
    Neumatica
    Deby Piwnica, Roberto Piwnica

    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).
  • 05 /12 Aquaduct Concept Vehicle
    2008, Palo Alto, CA

    Design:
    IDEO

    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.
  • 06 /12 Hydrosphere
    2006, London, UK
    Electrolux

    Design:
    Kleber Puchaski, Jorge Santos

    This self-sufficient greenhouse grows herbs and small plants by using mineral-enriched solutions and a central heat lamp.
  • 07 /12 Lunapads
    2009, Vancouver, Canada

    Design:
    Lunapads
    Madeleine Shaw

    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.
  • 08 /12 One Laptop Per Child: XOXO
    2008, Cambridge, MA

    Design:
    fuseproject
    Yves Béhar, Bret Recor

    The durable, energy-efficient learning tool has a five-year estimated lifetime.
  • 09 /12 Solio: Universal Solar (Hybrid) Charger
    2005, London, UK

    Design:
    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.
  • 10 /12 Help Remedies
    2009, New York, NY

    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.
  • 11 /12 Eco Coffins
    2009, Cambridge, UK

    Design:
    Omobono
    Cambridge Graphics

    Unlike chipboard coffins that release toxins when cremated or buried, Eco Coffins are made from 100% biodegradable recycled cardboard, layered to create a sturdy, eco-friendly alternative.
  • 12 /12 Voltaic Solar-Powered Bags
    2008, New York City
    Voltaic Systems

    Design:
    Voltaic Systems
    Shayne McQuade

    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.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Images courtesy of Taschen;

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