Category Archives: Sustainable Design

Ecovative: The new plastic is made from mushrooms

Read the full post at SmartPlanet. Poking around in my mom’s attic recently, I was reminded that I still have the shipping box from my Macintosh SE, because the box is gigantic, and it’s great for storage. But the equally … Continue reading

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Life Pscycle-ology

Watch the video. Discover the hidden life of a mobile phone… Eric is seeing a therapist because he is suffering from an existential crises after his owner abandons him for a newer model. In this cute animation we discover the … Continue reading

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GreenBiz Webinar Series: Benign by Design: Reducing the Toxicity of Products

How do you make a better, greener product? It’s a question that businesses of all types are posing in light of growing calls by customers and stakeholder for greater environmental responsibility. This is leading some companies to examine their entire … Continue reading

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Fighting e-waste with recyclable laptops

Watch the video at SmartPlanet. Students from Stanford and Finland’s Aalto University have developed a prototype laptop that can be disassembled in less than three minutes without the use of any tools. Once it’s taken apart, the laptop’s materials can … Continue reading

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10XE Stories Teach Principles of Exceptional Design

Read the full story from the Rocky Mountain Institute. There’s an oft-quoted expression that permeates the world of design engineering: “The engineer’s first problem in any design situation is to discover what the problem really is.” The quote, which is … Continue reading

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Meet the World’s First Biodegradable Shoes

Read the full story at Earth911. It’s not often a company recommends that you bury your shoes in the backyard, but that’s exactly what OAT Shoes says. As makers of the world’s first biodegradable shoes, that advice is perfectly legitimate.

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10 Wild Materials That Could Help Save the Earth [Slideshow]

View the slideshow at Fast Company. We take the stuff that makes up our world for granted. Plastic is plastic, right? And wood is wood? Absolutely not: Materials are still a hotbed of innovation, often involving ideas to help save … Continue reading

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Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster — from scratch

Watch the TEDTalk. It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil … it’s frankly amazing he … Continue reading

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Inside the Near-Impossible Dismantling of the iPhone 4

Read the full story at Earth911. “Designing for dismantling” is a concept that many tech companies have started to slowly adopt. The idea essentially calls for simple adjustments to be made during the design process that make the electronic easier … Continue reading

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Latest American Chemical Society Podcast: Biodegradable Foam from Milk Protein and Clay

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society (via Newswise). The latest episode in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) award-winning podcast series, “Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions,” focuses on development of a new ultra-light biodegradable foam plastic material made from two … Continue reading

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