Earth Day!

To honour Earth Day today, lets celebrate the fact that more and more designers are taking the environment into consideration in their designs!
Here is a list of five designs that are eco-friendly and, lets face it, awesome!

1. KITCHEN MADE OUT OF RECYCLED BOTTLES
Swedish studio Form Us With Love has designed IKEA’s kitchen unit Kungsbacka. They wanted to make sustainability available for everyone. The unit is made from 25 plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood.

Photography by Jonas Lindström.

2. FLOATING RUBBISH BINS
An Australian duo has created seabins that is perfect to install in marines and harbours to collect the waste that goes into the water. The Seabin floats on the surface of the water and a pump constantly sucks the water into the container that separates rubbish and liquids (such as oils and detergents) from the water. A great way to start keeping our oceans clean.

3. EDIBLE SIXPACKS FOR MARINE WILDLIFE
Saltwater Brewery from Florida has used left overs from the brewing process to create sixpacks that will not hurt marine wildlife. The material is made out of wheat and barley. It can be eaten by animals, but more than that it also starts to break down after a few hours in the ocean. This minimise the risk of animals getting stuck in them.

4. WINDOWS TO HARVEST ENERGY
Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel has created a window made up from coloured solar cells. This harvest energy from the sun and convert it into electricity that you can use to charge smaller computer devices. The idea is based on photosynthesis, the way plants makes energy out of sunlight.

Photography by Wai Ming Ng.

5. SPEAKER AGAINST ELECTRIC WASTE
Stockholm Studio People People has designed a transparent speaker that is intended as a reaction of the massive consumer waste, especially the electronic one. The speaker has built-in sensors that detect when a parts need to be replaced, repaired or updated. The user will get notified via its smartphone. The idea is that consumers should repair products instead of throwing them away, creating sustainable products. On top of this, the speaker is also made out of recycled materials.

References (including images) and for more reading:
https://www.dezeen.com/2017/04/22/earth-day-10-designs-sustainable-alternatives-everyday-products/

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