Sustainable Design News
Design for Sustainable Cities International Competition
BE OPEN and Cumulus launched 'Design for Sustainable Cities,' an international competition open to students and graduates of all art, design, architecture and media disciplines of universities and colleges worldwide.
Green Good Design Awards 2021
The 2021 Green Good Design Awards are now open for submissions. Organized by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the awards program aims to recognize outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions - together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts - that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a healthier and more sustainable universe.
C40 Cities Launches 'Students Reinventing Cities' Competition
C40 Cities, a global network of cities committed to bold climate action, has launched a pioneering competition to offer students and universities from across the globe a platform to share their vision for green and thriving neighborhoods through ideas, innovations and solutions.
BFC's 2020 Fashion Awards Trophy Designed by Parley for the Oceans
The British Fashion Council (BFC) recently collaborated with Parley for the Oceans and 3D-printing design specialist Nagami to create a trophy made out of Parley Ocean Plastic, for the 2020 Fashion Awards.
Medley Debuts Hank Monitor Desk Handcrafted from FSC-Certified Wood
Medley has debuted Hank Monitor Desk, a minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired product. The desk's silhouette offers a perfectly-sized footprint for a streamlined and highly functional laptop and monitor setup.
Caravan Crib 10th Anniversary Edition by Kalon Studios
Kalon Studios has unveiled the 10th-anniversary editions of their iconic Caravan Crib. Introduced in 2010, the Caravan Collection was originally made from solid American Maple, and has become the go-to nursery product for design-minded parents who care about the environment.
Good Design on a Budget
Shiftspace, in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia, will host a free virtual panel about reconciling the seemingly opposite ideals of sustainability and 'good' design.
Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2021
The Biomimicry Institute has now opened registrations for the 2021 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.
Pedrali Debuts 'Recycled Grey' Chairs Made from 100% Recycled Plastic
Pedrali has debuted its first collection made entirely from recycled plastic material: 50% from plastic post-consumer waste and 50% from plastic industrial waste.
Green Box Compostable Amenity Kit by Onmateria
OnMateria has unveiled 'The Green Box,' an amenity kit to help hotels transition to a circular economy. Green Box is made of bio-sourced, bio-based and compostable materials, fully integrable in a circular business model.
Morrama Imagines Sustainable Phone Ownership with 'Renew' Concept
Morrama's 'Renew' concept seeks to modernize our viewpoint on mobile phone ownership in response to the current unsustainable cycle of consistently replacing/upgrading mobile phones.
Green Product Award 2021
The eight Green Product Award is now open for submissions in 11 categories that make a sustainable lifestyle a reality.
Magis Launches Bell Chair by Konstantin Grcic
Magis has debuted Bell Chair, a contemporary monobloc chair designed by Konstantin Grcic.
Sustainable Fashion Business Conference in Lisbon
Hosted by the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, the 'Sustainable Fashion Business' conference will showcase the achievements of international brands producing in Portugal as a part of the global industry. Demonstrating direct progress from the fashion world, it will also highlight the business opportunities which currently lie within it.
nendo Designs Reusable Bags for Lawson
nendo has designed two reusable bags for Lawson, the convenience store titan in Japan.
Good Design Show Europe 2020
Good Design annually awards distinguishing designers through for excellence, creativity, and novelty; talented creators who promote the design as the art of evolution, the art of a better future.
White Arkitekter Wins Competition to Design New Waterfront Park in Bergen
White Arkitekter has been selected to design a new beach park and sea bath in Bergen, Norway. The proposal, 'True Blue,' is based on water, which is the most tangible element in Bergen to create a new meeting place where residents can experience water throughout the year.
PepsiCo Introduces SodaStream Professional Hydration Platform
PepsiCo is expanding the SodaStream brand with the introduction of SodaStream Professional, an eco-friendly hydration platform where users can choose from various unsweetened flavors, carbonation levels and temperatures to create the perfect drink.
'Yeah, What Lester Said' Exhibition and Panel on Sustainability in Design
Midtown's Detroit Center for Design + Technology is hosting 'Yeah, What Lester Said,' an online event that delves in-depth to explore the impact of climate change under the lens of architecture and the built environment.
Carbon Counts Is Now an Online Interactive Exhibition
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Studio Mothership have launched the online interactive exhibition 'Carbon Counts.'
ecoLogicStudio Unveils Domestic Algae Garden 'BioBombola'
ecoLogicStudio has unveiled BioBombola, a pioneering project that invites individuals, families and communities to cultivate a domestic algae garden - a sustainable source of vegetable proteins.
AIA CA Announces Winners of 2020 Architecture at Zero Competition
The AIA California has announced the winners of its ninth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs. The competition strives to generate new, innovative ideas for zero net energy (ZNE) construction to help achieve California's goal for all new residential construction to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.
Gogoro Unveils Eeyo 1 Ultralight eBike
Gogoro has unveiled Eeyo 1 ebike, designed to address the daily challenges of city life and takes a different approach to traditional ebikes by prioritizing agility over utility.
Sustainability Deep Dive 2020
IDSA's Sustainability Deep Dive 2020 is a three-day virtual event that will feature a comprehensive mix of expert presentations and skill-building sessions meant to produce a wellspring of innovative ideas and possibilities that are desperately needed to bring about change.
Microsoft's Sustainability Speaker Series to Present Mitchell Joachim
This Wednesday, Mitchell Joachim, Founder of Terreform ONE will talk about the future of sustainability and his mission to use the power of design to combat planetary extinction, as part of Microsoft's Sustainability Speaker Series.
Green Good Design 2020 Winners Announced
The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies have announced the winners of the 2020 Green Good Design Awards.
Ximo Roca Design Unveils Sound Absorbing Lamp 'Lamuda'
Ximo Roca Design recently unveiled 'Lamuda,' a sound-absorbing lamp crafted from sustainable materials.
Role Models Student Design Competition
Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design has launched a design competition that challenges design students to be role models to the rest of the design world by sharing their innovative approach to healthier design.
German Sustainability Award: Design
The German Sustainability Award has launched a new award category for sustainable design. The Award is intended to motivate designers to gear their work even more strongly towards sustainability and to provide top performance with momentum for continued success.
Plant Prefab and Koto Unveil Two New Net-Zero LivingHomes
Plant Prefab recently partnered with Koto Design to create two new and exclusive LivingHomes: Koto LivingHome 1 (Yksi) and Koto LivingHome 2 (Piha), just in time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
CAKE Electric Motorcycles Launches Street-Legal Kalk INK SL
CAKE has launched the Kalk INK SL, a street-legal edition of the Kalk INK. Kalk INK SL is built to be a fast, hassle-free electric motorcycle that is as capable of backcountry free-riding as it is zipping around paved roads in an urban setting.
Morrama Designs Fully Sustainable Refillable Deodorant 'Wild'
Morrama recently worked with Wild for the launch of a biodegradable refillable deodorant, with 100% recyclable refills made of bamboo pulp.
Karim Rashid Designs Carri Tote for Hip
Karim Rashid has designed a reusable bag for Hip that tucks into the handle for easy-breezy storage. As a bonus, the bag fabric is made with 100% recycled material from single-use plastic water bottles!
Seymourpowell Unveils Quarter Car Concept
Seymourpowell has unveiled Quarter Car, an autonomous concept car presenting how the future of ride-sharing will look in urban environments, reinventing the passenger experience through partitions which allow for communal and private journeys within one vehicle.
UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects recently completed the UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing project in Santa Barbara, California.
MUJI Launches New Reusable Jute Tote Bag
Following New York City's plastic bag ban, MUJI is launching environmentally-friendly jute tote bags.
Pensole and Allbirds Launch Master Class Focused on Sustainable Design
Pensole has partnered with Allbirds to launch a new design master class on product creation informed by utilizing existing resources. This hands-on master class, which will take place from March 23 to April 10 in Portland, will comprise design programs in footwear, color and materials, and apparel and accessories.
Vattenfall Unveils World's First Fossil Free Crib
Vattenfall recently unveiled the world's first fossil-free crib to highlight the need to bring down the cost of fossil-free products for future generations.
Lewis Moberly Designs Identity and Eco-packaging for Skin Sapiens
Lewis Moberly has designed the brand identity and eco-packaging for new skincare brand SKIN SAPIENS. The new range is designed to clean, care and protect skin of all ages and skin types, even sensitive.
Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design: Nature Inside, The Magic of Biophilic Interior Design
The Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design is an annual event created to honor the memory of NYSID faculty member, Sally Henderson, who developed the College's first course in green design.
2020 AZ Awards for Design Excellence
Azure is calling for submissions for the 2020 AZ Awards. Now entering its 10th year, the AZ Awards celebrates the best in architecture and design from around the world.
Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2020
The 2020 Red Dot Award: Design Concept is now open for submissions. Designers, design teams, companies, design studios and universities from all over the world are invited to submit prototypes, marketable products, new ideas and design concepts for evaluation and to put their designs to the test.
The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn by Clayton & Little
Clayton & Little recently designed the Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn which is part of Saxum Vineyard in Paso Robles, California.
AIA CA Launches 2020 Architecture at Zero Competition
The American Institute of Architects California (AIA CA) has launched the ninth annual Architecture at Zero competition. This competition strives to generate new, innovative ideas for zero net energy (ZNE) construction to help achieve California's goal for all new residential construction to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.
Carnegie's Biobased Xorel Achieves Living Product Challenge Certification
Carnegie's Biobased Xorel, a groundbreaking high-performance textile sourced from sugar cane, achieved Living Product Challenge Certification.
iF Design Talent Award 2020
Submissions are now open for the first phase of 2020 iF Design Talent Award. Design students from around the world are invited to submit ideas and concepts that address the most pressing challenges facing our society.
2020 Ray of Hope Prize
The Biomimicry Institute is looking for startups that have created products, services or technologies to be considered for the 2020 Ray of Hope Prize, a $100,000 prize competition that provides participants funding and tools to accelerate their path to commercial success.
Moxon Architects Wins Design Competition for Sustainable Timber Bridge for Balingen
Moxon Architects has won an invited competition for a pedestrian and cycle bridge for the town of Balingen in southern Germany.
World Habitat Awards 2020
World Habitat, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, has announced the 2020 World Habitat Awards. The Awards recognizes and highlights innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programs from across the world.
CAKE Unveils Electric On-and-Off Road Capable Utility Motorcycle Ösa
CAKE has unveiled Ösa, a clean and efficient utility vehicle with integrated power station and off-road capabilities.
Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP Launch 'TECLA' 3D Printed House
Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP have launched TECLA - a prototype for a 3D printed habitat, near Bologna, Italy.
Fritz Hansen Launches N02 Recycle, Designed by nendo
nendo recently designed a new, all-purpose chair made from upcycled plastic for Fritz Hansen. The N02 Recycle is Fritz Hansen's first chair produced in colored, recycled polypropylene.
Nice Brazil Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects
Mario Cucinella Architects has broken ground on a 16,000 sqm industrial complex in Brazil for Nice, the Italian multinational which is a world leader in the Home Automation, Home Security and Smart Home sector.
Made Thought Pop-up in London's Seven Dials
Made Thought recently launched a pop-up in London's Seven Dials which acts as a creative playground and experimental space to explore how brands are engaging with new audiences through experimental retail concepts and immersive installations.
C2CPII Design & Innovation Forum Stockholm
Cradle To Cradle Products Innovation Institute's 2019 Design & Innovation Forum will be held on November 4-5 in Stockholm. The event will focus on opportunities, solutions and ideas for transforming products for a circular economy with innovators, designers and companies.
Design Council Announced This Year's Spark Finalists
The Design Council has announced the finalists of the 2019 Spark program - a leading UK product support program and fund.
The One Club Launches 'One Show Sustainable Development Pencil' at UN
The One Club for Creativity has partnered with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and PVBLIC Foundation to launch 'The One Show Sustainable Development Pencil.' The new SD Pencil will reward agencies and brands who utilize their talents and resources to create work which betters the world and contributes to securing a sustainable future.
Feel the Peel: Circular Juice Bar by Carlo Ratti Associati
Carlo Ratti Associati, in partnership with Eni, has developed an experimental Circular Juice Bar that uses oranges to make bioplastic, turns it into filament, and 3D prints disposable cups to drink the freshly-squeezed juice.
London Design Fair Presents 'Biomaterials' as 2019 Material of the Year
For the 2019 edition, the London Design Fair has selected biomaterials as 'Material of the Year.' Now in its third year, Material of the Year offers a fitting opportunity to highlight and scrutinize a key material, one whose properties are the subject of analysis and debate across the design world and beyond.
Recycling Identification Device by Cohda
Cohda recently developed R.I.D (Recycling Identifying Device), a simple to use handheld device that uses NIR spectroscopy to identify appropriate recyclable and non-recyclable materials.
DesignMarch, Iceland's annual design festival organized by Iceland Design Center, will take place for the twelfth time in June 2020, transforming the most northerly capital in the world into one big venue for design.
Brodie Neill to Debut Latitude at 2019 London Design Festival
Brodie Neill will debut his new piece, Latitude, at the 2019 London Design Festival. Neill has been invited by design research gallery Matter of Stuff to re-imagine the past into the present with recycled furniture.
Green Product Award 2020
The seventh Green Product Award is now open for submissions. The Award offers a platform for established companies, start-ups & students who are distinguished by their products and services in terms of design, innovation, and sustainability and who want to present themselves on the German market.
B&B Studio Delivers New Brand Creation for LiQ
B&B Studio recently designed the branding for the Belgian alcoholic ice cream brand 'LiQ.' Launching with six bold flavors, each ice cream or sorbet in the LiQ range brings together a well-loved cocktail or dessert with a hit of alcohol.
Baca Architects Wins Planning Consent for Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa in South Yorkshire
Baca Architects recently secured planning permission for the £25 million Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa in South Yorkshire.
Nike Launches New Circular Design Workbook, Offers Sustainable Guidelines for All Designers
Nike has launched Circularity: Guiding the Future of Design, a design workbook aimed to provide designers and product creators across the industry with a common language for circularity.
Terreform ONE Debuts 'Monarch Sanctuary' at Cooper Hewitt Nature Exhibition
Terreform ONE has this week launched its Monarch Sanctuary exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt's National Design Triennial, Nature.
Masters of Design by Outpost & Harley Davidson
Masters of Design (MoD), organized by Outpost & Harley Davidson with NYCxDesign, is a two-day event that will bring some of the brightest designers and technologists together to discuss a broad variety of forward-looking issues.
IKEA and Tom Dixon to Unveil 'Gardening will Save the World' at Chelsea Flower Show
'Gardening will Save the World,' created by IKEA and Tom Dixon, explores the importance of sustainable growing, looking at the contrast of the hyper-natural and hyper-tech.
Cepezed Designs First Self-sufficient Bus Station in Netherlands
cepezed recently designed a new bus station for the City of Tilburg, Netherlands. The new public transport facility generates its own energy and its design is thoroughly integrated.
Carlo Ratti Associati Develops Architectural Structure Made of Mushrooms for 2019 Milan Design Week
Carlo Ratti Associati, in partnership with global energy company Eni, has developed an architectural structure made of mushrooms.
Ventura New York: The Dutch Edition Returns to NYCxDESIGN
Ventura Projects has announced the third edition of Ventura New York - the Dutch edition, taking place May 19-22, 2019 at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during NYCxDESIGN.
Agents of Change: Abrima Erwiah with Studio 189
The IIDA NY will host Abrima Erwiah with Studio 189 as part of the organization's 'Agents of Change: Pioneering Design 2019' series.
Go Green in the City 2019
The 9th Go Green in the City challenge is now open for entries. Organized by Schneider Electric, this annual global student contest is aimed to find bold ideas and innovative solutions for smarter, more energy-efficient and sustainable cities.
LOLIWARE Launches World's Most Environmentally Friendly Straw
LOLIWARE is now shipping its first product, the LOLIWARE Straw, made from their proprietary seaweed-based plastic alternative.
2018 Clean Energy Challenge Winners Announced
The What Design Can Do platform has announced the winners of its 2018 Clean Energy Challenge, focused finding creative solutions for pressing energy issues in México City, São Paulo, Nairobi, Delhi and Amsterdam. The international jury selected 20 winners out of 452 submissions.
New York State Launches Buildings of Excellence Competition
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched 'The Buildings of Excellence Competition'. In support of his Green New Deal and climate and energy agenda the Competition aims to accelerate the design, development, construction and operation of very low or zero carbon emitting buildings. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is administering the competition and seeking proposals for projects that reduce their energy consumption and per capita carbon emissions in a manner which can be replicated at scale.
Offecct Launches Soundsticks by Andrea Ruggiero
Offecct has commercially launched the sound absorbing room divider Soundsticks.
Mater Launches Ocean Collection
Mater has just launched the Ocean Collection - a new table and chair collection that reimagines an original 1955 design by renowned 20th-century designers, Jørgen and Nanna Ditzel.
Latest Round of iF Social Impact Prize Sponsors Nine Social Projects
iF has announced that it has funded EUR 50,000 to nine social aid projects across the globe through the latest round of its Social Impact Prize.
The 13th edition of the Pentawards is now open for submissions. Pentawards is a prestigious worldwide competition exclusively devoted to packaging design in all its forms.
2019 Lexus Design Award Finalists Announced
Lexus International has announced six finalists of the 2019 Lexus Design Award. LDA's 2019 theme, 'Design for a Better Tomorrow,' tasked creatives to envision solutions that go beyond the mastery of shape, form, and function.
BAUX Launches 100% Bio-based Acoustical Panels
BAUX has launched, 'Acoustic Pulp,' a series of nine, 100% bio-based and biodegradable acoustical panels that push the boundaries of sustainable building materials to a completely new level.
Hill8 Apartments by Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid recently unveiled his designs for the new HILL8 residential condominium. Located in Alexeyevsky District, Moscow, the project is now under construction and set to open by the end of 2020.
The Power of Color: Using Color to Evoke Feelings and Create Moods
Ultrafabrics has announced its latest education installment, 'The Power of Color: Using Color to Evoke Feelings and Create Moods,' designed to not only educate the creative community on the multiple uses of applications of Ultrafabrics varied portfolio of materials, but how color is truly a crucial design tool, and how it can affect emotions and elicit physical response.
LEED, Arc and Living Standard: Testing New Frontiers, Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design
The Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design is an annual event created to honor the memory of NYSID faculty member, Sally Henderson, who developed the College's first course in green design.
2019 AZ Awards Now Open for Submissions
The AZ Awards is AZURE's international architecture and design competition, recognizing excellence and innovation, and showcasing the world's best projects, products and ideas. Finalists and winners of the AZ Awards greatly benefit from the international exposure and recognition they receive.
Studio Matthews Designs Latest Exhibition at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
Studio Matthews recently designed the latest exhibition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center: Design with the 90%.
2019 Pollinator House Design-Build Competition
The 2019 Pollinator House Design-Build Competition is an open and one-stage contest in which entrants are asked to deliver a functional, contemporary pollinator house to be auctioned off to support both Gardens Buffalo Niagara and Buffalo Architecture Foundation's programs.
Wonderland Design Prize 2019 by iF
iF is calling for submissions for its 2019 Wonderland Design Prize. The competition challenges students and recent graduates to develop innovative childcare product designs that merge the well-tried-and-tested with the new.
Green Product Award 2019
The sixth Green Product Award is now open for submissions. The Award offers a platform for manufacturers, design studios and agencies that are distinguished by their products and services in terms of design, innovation and sustainability and who want to present themselves on the German market.
Alcyon: Center Console Concept Designed for Autonomous Driving
Alcyon is a student-project, realised at the Dessau Department of Design under the supervision of Prof. Manuel Kretzer and in cooperation with AUDI.
The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility
The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility, on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from December 14 through March 31, will feature 40 projects that explore salient topics around the future of mobility and the urban environment. The exhibition will be punctuated with six provocations and a selection of design responses that reimagine livable streets and the way people, goods and services will move in a new age of connected and transformational mobility.
ecoLogicStudio Creates Bio-digital Urban Curtain to Fight Global Climate Change
ecoLogicStudio has created a large-scale installation for Climate-KIC, the EU's most prominent climate innovation initiative.
2019 Dieline Awards
The 2019 Dieline Awards is now open for submissions. The Awards recognizes the absolute best in consumer product packaging design worldwide, bringing awareness to the immense value that lies in well-designed brand packaging.
FlexPack Recovery Challenge
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners have announced FlexPack Recovery Challenge, which invites entrepreneurs and early-stage technology innovators to showcase their recovery technologies for fast-growing category of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging.
Yves Béhar Designs First in Line of Fully-Customizable Prefabs
Yves Béhar has designed a prefab home, called the Yves Béhar LivingHomes YB1, which is the first in a line of high-quality structures at the leading edge of prefab building.
CaraGreen Launches New Green Building Podcast
CaraGreen has recently launched a new podcast dedicated to educating the community at large regarding the 'green' product space.
Jaguar and London's Leading Architects Present 'Electrified Urban Vision for the Future'
Jaguar, in partnership with RIBA, recently hosted an event in Mayfair, London to reveal its vision for an urban future as electric vehicle adoption reaches tipping point.
Plastic Worlds: Call for Entries
Eleven Magazine has announced its new competition 'Plastic Worlds,' which invites creatives and visionaries from all around the world to join the fight against plastic pollution through raw creativity, imagination and talent.