Bundespreis Ecodesign 2019. The Winners
The winners of the Bundespreis Ecodesign 2019 have been officially announced.
Once a year, in cooperation with the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ), the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the German Environment Agency award the Federal Ecodesign Award for products that combine good design and ecological processes. The competition is aimed at companies from all sectors, from start-ups to market leaders. The winners in the four categories: product, service, concept, and young talent have been officially announced.
Industrial Designer Valentin created an electric folding bike that already won multiple awards. The folding mechanism allows for optimal compatibility with public transport, the implementation of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) makes it independent from the power point, and it is produced locally in compliance with European environmental standards.
Behind this fully mineral thermal insulation composite system is nothing other than a recyclable insulant. With it, the Düsseldorf-based company Saint-Gobain Weber GmbH found a way to lead the insulation material, which is usually permanently connected to a building, back into the ecological cycle.
Wikkelhouse, which was shown at Danish Design Week in October by the Amsterdam-based studio of the same name, does entirely without additional insulation. The idea comes from the packaging industry: a machine wraps 24 layers of corrugated board around a mould, that is 3.5 metres wide and 4.5 metres high. Environmentally friendly production, modular construction and recyclability ensure a sustainable life cycle.
Oliver Renelt became known in 1992 for his design for the music award Echo. Eve Thermo is his, albet subtle, contribution to the smart home for everybody. The heating thermostat regulates room temperature according to actual need, reduces energy consumption and can be conveniently controlled via smartphone.
Bananatex is a textile made of fibres of banana plants developed by Austrian Studio Qwstion, which is supposed to serve as an alternative to ecologically harmful synthetic materials. The resilient nature of the banana plant Abacá makes the use of pesticides, fertiliser, or artificial irrigation superfluous. For further processing, the material is coated with beeswax.
Whoever dreams of a compost heap out in the garden whenever they find maggots again in the organic waste bin in their city flat will we happy about the wormery WormUp_Home designed by Erich Fässler and Luiz Schuhmacher. The pot is manufactured in clay factories in Germany and is supposed to provide ideal living conditions for worms that will turn biowaste into plant fertiliser.
Whoever gets around the city without a car is in need of alternatives if they want to transport heavy loads. To that purpose, Donk-EE relies on electric cargo bikes. Lars Banka, Olga Dawidziuk and Natalie Muth realised a sharing system with an app and 60 cargo bikes at 50 stations around the city of Cologne. This should make it all the more easy to dispense with the car.
Plastic waste in the oceans is getting out of hand. The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a testament to this development. The registered association One Earth – One Ocean has developed the ship SeeElefant within the scope of their project of a maritime rubbish collection. This ship is supposed to receive plastic waste collected by other ships, sort the waste and lead it back into the material cycle.
Berlin-based architecture firmPartner und Partner Architekten is looking for alternatives to resource consuming materials such as concrete. Their solution are modular building elements primarily made of wood and straw. These are even fit to Build skyscrapers as shown in their project WOODSCRAPER.
Lukas Keller studies industrial design at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. His project, paradoxically called Baker’s Butchery draws up a whole concept around the product of Bakerchips made from beet root, old bread, and mealworm flour. The idea behind it is to use bakeries as mealworm farms. Waste heat and bread are reused for resource-conserving protein production.
Jonna Breitenhuber studies product design at Berlin University of the Arts. Regarding the use of shower gel and shampoo bottles she asked herself, why a product that is used for approximately one month is made of a material that last around 500 years. Her solution is SOAPBOTTLE, a shampoo bottle made of soap, that dissolves when used. Leftovers can be used as hand soap.
urban:eden is Dana Paulina Grebensteins bachelor thesis at the faculty of product design at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. Her project is a valuable contribution to breaking up sealing of the soil surface due to increasing urbanisation. A thorough concept for the management of rain water via creation of natural water reservoirs, permeable sidewalks and urban wetlands is supposed to relieve the sewer system and mitigate the consequences of extreme weather events.
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