Deep Sustainability

Deep Sustainability

Eco Fatigue? Forget it! Our planet needs Deep Sustainability. With deep we do not mean the happy, superficial, green “Love the Planet” emblem. We mean serious, integrated, brave and innovative thinking and doing. For instance in -surprisingly enough- China, where the need for clean air is more urgent than anywhere else – and where the middle classes have increasingly started to protest.

Again and again we are internationally confronted with waves of desire to make this world a better place. It is not only the striving for a less polluted environment that we are addressing here. Innovators like Bill Gates (Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Elon Musk (PayPal), Sergey Brin (Google) – and probably also you- are all into it. They are spending their earned millions (well, maybe not you) for new initiatives, equally bold, ambitious and innovative for a more human and ecologically clean future. We call it Social Responsible Entrepreneurship.

DeepSustainability

Last but not least, Deep Sustainability reaches out to those at The Bottom of the Pyramid, where life could be made so much better-if only.

  • Main Trends in 2016

    January 19, 2016, No Comments

    Hereby we proudly present the main trends we we will be working on in 2016 with our worldwide network of Coolhunters. 1.       Sustainable Future. The Rise of Circular Cities 2.       The…

  • A fully biodegradable designer bag

    June 20, 2015, No Comments

    The Tree Bag is a fully biodegradable designer bag, made out of materials from trees; a combination of coconut fiber, natural rubber, walnut wood, wood pulp. The bag will biodegrade…

  • The Secret of De-stress Design

    June 9, 2015, No Comments

    Service is one of the key assets of the Hospitality Industry. Architecture is another elemental asset. To the guests, being away from home, it is the hotel building, the…

  • Four important developments in today's fashion and luxury landscape

    May 28, 2015, No Comments

    Together with our wide global network, we managed to distill an impressive plethora of Cool Fashion developments that we believe bear heaps of Future Growth Potential, particularly in the…

  • Five examples of Ultimate Luxury

    April 13, 2015, No Comments

    The perception of what ultimate luxury entails changes all the time. The Hospitality Industry faces the challenging task of constantly offering new unique experiences. Guests keen on luxury have…

  • Six examples of Deep Sustainable Fashion

    March 8, 2015, No Comments

    Though we have not counted last year’s number of examples of Cool with regards to fashion, it has become a considerable reservoir. Brimming with strong examples, we hereby present you…

  • The roots of soap

    October 7, 2014, No Comments

    Raiz do Sabão (“The origins/roots of soap”) is a natural and quality-oriented skin products company based in Coruche, in the Alentejo region of Portugal. This region is renowned for…

  • #4 William D. Eggers & Paul MacMillan - The Solution Revolution

    January 27, 2014, No Comments

    Part of the Best Books for 2014 Top 11 Famines. Droughts. Floods. Crumbling infrastructures. Human trafficking. It is clear that in today’s era of economic fall-out, cost-cutting and political impotence we no…

  • The Revival of the Repairman

    January 13, 2014, No Comments

    What it Is: Professor David MacKay – chief scientific adviser to the British Government, author of “Sustainable Energy – without the hot air” and a Cambridge University professor –…

  • Signals W47: Online Art, Chinese Singles, Glovelove and 24 Hours of Happy

    November 24, 2013, No Comments

    What do Swooshart, Art x Smart, Emojinalart, 24 Hours of Happy, Glovelove, Chinese Singles and A Statue in Glasgow have in common? They all brought a smile to our faces and tickled our mind. And well enough…

  • Ecovative: Mushrooms are the New Plastics

    November 18, 2013, No Comments

    What it is:  Ecovative, a company specialised in packaging and new material development, is as exclaimed on their website: “(…) committed to working with industry and consumers to rid the…

  • The Clean Air Story

    November 17, 2013, No Comments

    What it is:  Air pollution is rising worldwide and in developing countries like China, the problem is particularly pending. Henceforth this toxifying discomfort causes more and more people to…

  • Precious Plastic: An Open Source Recycling Machine

    November 4, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it is: Design Academy graduate Dave Hakkens has created his own machines for recycling plastics to locally make new products. More so, he plans to share his designs…

  • Biodesign Rotterdam: Between People and Nature

    October 23, 2013, No Comments

    Biodesign: On the Cross Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity Biodesign is a currently held exhibition about the ancient old interaction between people and nature. The exposition reveals how…

  • 5 Highlights at Future Food House Rotterdam

    October 15, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Future Food House is part of the World Food Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With a big greenhouse being the epicenter of the festival, where workshops…

  • Energy for All with the BrightBox

    October 8, 2013, No Comments

    What it is: The BrightBox, developed by One Degree Solar (ODS), is a small orange box that contains all the things one needs to get power and in second…

  • A Fashionable Vending Machine

    October 5, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: During the latest New York Fashion Week there was a vending machine installed that expended limited-edition T-shirts made of fabrics from recycled plastics, while- and here’s…

  • Amazonas Sandals: Act Locally, Think Globally

    October 2, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: In an increasingly globalized world, new brands in Brazil can reach new up-and coming markets more easily. A Cool example is the new brand Amazonas Sandals…

  • Science's Signals - Week 38

    September 22, 2013, No Comments

    We’re glad to be back with our Signals. This week’s edition contains mostly long reads from among others, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Economist, Treehugger and…

  • A Handy and Sustainable Lunchbox

    September 19, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Compleat designs lunchboxes (as well as lunchbags) that 1) don’t need much space and 2) are more flexible than a normal lunchbox. One side of the lunchbox…

  • Lease a Jeans

    September 17, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Like many fashion labels today, Dutch jeans label Mud Jeans is adamant on making fair, sustainable fashion, yet their approach is slightly different than other brands. Certainly,…

  • Ecological containerbridge in Israel

    September 13, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: In collaboration with Yoav Messer Architects, Designboom is beginning to build a bridge in Israel, which consists entirely of old shipping containers. The bridge, which will…

  • Nike Launches Sustainability App

    September 10, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: There is a new app available from Nike especially made for fashion designers. This app, titled ‘Making’ gives you information about different materials and the impact…

  • Big Belly: An Intelligent Waste & Recycling Collection System

    September 10, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Big Belly is a solar-powered, rubbish compacting bin, manufactured by U.S company Big Belly Solar made for use in public spaces such as parks, beaches, amusement…

  • Wwoof Your Way Around the World

    August 21, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: WWOOF, an abbreviation of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, offers people the chance to volunteer on organic farms virtually anywhere in the world. It is as such…

  • Sustainaquality: Going Beyond the Water Front

    August 14, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Dutch architect Koen Olthuis, founder of Waterstudio, is all about designing innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. With his studio he has designed virtually everything, from floating apartment…

  • Cutting Wastage with Foodsharing Networks

    August 13, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Foodsharing.de is an eco friendly platform dedicated to reducing today’s immense wastage of food. Its core activity is to gives individuals, traders and manufacturers the opportunity to…

  • The Red Leaf Project

    August 8, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Canadian beer brand Molson Canadian has introduced the Canadian Molson Red Leaf Project, an environmental platform that has already planted over 100,000 trees in locations across…

  • #1: Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler - Abundance

    July 30, 2013, No Comments

    Best Summer Reads 2013 Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler – Abundance This is a ravishingly optimistic, even happy book. Times might be dark and filled with understandable anger, distrust…

  • An air quality Sensing System

    July 23, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Named “Best of Kickstarter 2012″, the Air Quality Egg is a sensor system designed to allow individuals to collect very high resolution readings of NO2 and…

  • MO:BEN's self-heating food container

    July 22, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: MO:BEN is a handy food container that includes a built-in film heater component that can heat up foods to a pre-heated temperature. MO:BEN’s main mechanism of maintaining the…

  • Urban Mobility with Smart's E-bike

    July 17, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: The hybrid e-bike by Smart -a company that ordinarily produces automotives- uses an electric motor in conjunction with muscle strength, which generates power in cycling. With…

  • Transitional Housing in the Urban Jungle

    July 16, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Brooklyn based artist and architectural designer, Chat Travieso has built a series of one person tents constructed of steel, wood, aluminum, masonite, plastic, foam and canvas. These…

  • Science's Signals - Week 28

    July 14, 2013, No Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. They’re signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network, as…

  • The Vegetarian Butcher

    July 12, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: It is an unlikely oxymoron: a vegetarian butcher. Yet this relatively new genre of butchers is swiftly but gradually growing in numbers. In the Netherlands the…

  • Ikea's Interactive Catalogue App

    July 4, 2013, 2 Comments

    Last year Ikea released an augmented-reality app, that changes the way users can shop for furniture. Called ‘Ikea Now’, the free app let’s users see, without having to first buy the item,…

  • Trading Trash For Produce

    July 3, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Continuing with the increasingly popular efforts to become a more sustainable metropolis, Mexico City has initiated a new barter-style market in which residents can trade recyclable…

  • Science Signals - Week 26

    June 30, 2013, No Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. They’re signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network, as…

  • Pocket Parks in Mexico City

    June 28, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: In response to a request from the Cologne Decisions Program to improve the city and give it a more humane face and increase its livability, the…

  • HUSH by Freyja Sewell: Retreat in Style

    June 25, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: HUSH by Freyja Sewell is a felt pod constructed entirely from biodegradable materials, in which users can crawl into to work or rest in private. ” Or…

  • Nivea's Solar Powered Ad

    June 18, 2013, 4 Comments

    What it Is: Skin care brand Nivea has created a ‘Solar Ad Charger’, so that sun lovers “don’t need to leave the sun for anything”. Made with a clever…

  • Personalized Production for Everyone

    June 17, 2013, No Comments

    Starting out as a spin-off of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Phillips Electronics, Shapeways is a Dutch 3D printing service start-up company, employing today over seventy people. In fact,…

  • Science's Signals - Week 24

    June 16, 2013, No Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. They’re signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network, as…

  • H&M's Green Ambitions

    June 13, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: H&M, one of the world’s leading fast fashion brands, is purporting to go green in a variety of ways: In March 2013, a H&M store in…

  • Levi’s: Adding Value to Waste

    June 3, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Levi’s enters the next level in sustainable design with the introduction of their innovative denim collection made from recycled bottles: the Waste Less Denim Collection. As…

  • Pushing 3D printer technology to the limits

    May 28, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Just recently, Dutch studio DUS Architects announced their plans to build an entire house using 3D printing. In so doing, they have joined the race along…

  • From Denim to Denim

    May 23, 2013, 3 Comments

    What it Is: For quite some time now, the environmentally friendly jeans brand Kuyichi has been using recycled, organic cotton and PET bottles in its collections, as well as…

  • The Circular Economy

    May 23, 2013, 5 Comments

    What it Is: The Circular Economy is a study published by the renowned Ellen MacArthur Foundation which highlights the optimal use of recycling to prevent waste of useful materials. Accordingly,…

  • Free Air Travel

    May 21, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: A current innovation in the aviation market has led to the budding development of the Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC). Although it is still in the examination phase,…

  • DriveNow: Flexible Car Sharing

    May 19, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: DriveNow is a car sharing venture by BMW, Mini and Sixt AG (a German car rental company) that put over 1,000 BMW and MiniCars in the…

  • Science's Signals - Week 20

    May 17, 2013, 2 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. They’re signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network, as…

  • The Fairphone

    May 16, 2013, 4 Comments

    Fairphone is an Amsterdam based social enterprise that has the purpose to develop a mobile smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. Supported by the…

  • Bioluminescent Trees in the Making

    May 10, 2013, 1 Comment

    A new Kickstarter project promises to grow glowing plants in a Do It Yourself biohacking effort that has this week seen its target smashed (the initial target being $65,000,…

  • The Surplus of Upcycling

    May 9, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Although the…

  • Bee Buzz in the City

    May 2, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Increasingly, city dwellers are turning into city farmers by keeping beehives in their backyards. Although some -yet relatively few- cities have banned this practice, some bees…

  • Re-root with Living Furniture

    April 25, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: In the world of green furniture there are always a few literalists out there looking to push the envelope to design something truly “green”. As a…

  • Science's Signals - Week 16

    April 19, 2013, 3 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the results…

  • Recycling CO2 through artificial trees

    April 18, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: We know that trees can soak up carbon from the atmosphere, but fake trees? A team of chemists at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Loker…

  • Horizon MiniPak Portable Fuel Cell Charger

    April 16, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: As humanity goes wireless, the last annoying tether we and our gadgets have to escape is the power cable. Generally, portable, battery powered chargers tend to…

  • The Ocean Clean Up Array

    April 11, 2013, 5 Comments

    What it Is: Millions of tons of plastic debris are polluting the world’s oceans. Commonly, plastics reach the oceans from land through rivers and waterways and then accumulates in…

  • A New Pre-fab Hotel Chain Targeted at Millennials

    April 5, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Hotel giant Marriott International has announced it is going to open MOXY HOTELS, a new three-star-tier segment for Marriot that is focussed on “millennial global nomads”,…

  • Science's Signals - Week 13

    March 29, 2013, 1 Comment

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • Turning Waste into Hope Through Beauty

    March 19, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: These three brands from Portugal are showing the way as regards recycling waste into beautiful objects, pieces of furniture, articles of clothing and accessories that sell…

  • Food Waste is Fodder for Fashion

    March 18, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it is: Everyday millions of kilos of food are sent to landfills around the world. Taking this dissipation into account, fashion designer Hoyan Ip has found a clever…

  • Science's Signals - Week 7

    February 15, 2013, 3 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • The Future of the Food Chain

    February 4, 2013, 2 Comments

    The price of crude oil, fertilizers and quality soil slowly becomes more expensive. This process will continue to happen in the next twenty years. One of the consequences is…

  • Science's Signals - Week 5

    February 1, 2013, 1 Comment

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • Ethical Brands

    January 30, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: The new Coca Cola campaign is based on the importance of altruistic extraordinary little actions. Being kind with the others make our routinary world more sustainable and positive. If…

  • Science's Signals - Week 4

    January 25, 2013, 4 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • The Goedzak - Sharing 'Garbage'

    January 19, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Waarmakers created a typical Dutch Design product called The Goedzak. It is an inspiring concept: a transparent garbage bag that you use for reusable ‘garbage’. Stuff…

  • 10. Rocking Chair

    January 15, 2013, 2 Comments

    Part of the Barcelona TSI University Top 15 What it is: I remember when I was a child, I like to sit in my grandmother’s rocking chair, because it made me…

  • 14. Cube It

    January 10, 2013, 2 Comments

    Part of the Barcelona TSI University Top 15 What it is: Cubi Furniture is a Dutch company specialized in the creation and operation of unique living- and leisureconcepts. The Cubi concept…

  • The Recycled Orchestra

    January 2, 2013, 1 Comment

      What it Is: Luis Szaran and Flavio Chavez would start a music education program for the young citizens of the favelas at Cateura, but the main issue was…

  • Urban Air

    December 29, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: A London Creativity Award was given to this Green Forest project by Glassman and his team. Their aim is to turn billboards into green bamboo forests…

  • 1. Solid Rain

    December 10, 2012, 2 Comments

    Part of the Institut Paul Bocuse & Emlyon Business School Top 10 What it is: Sergio Rico is a scientist who has invented a way to solidify rain water in a kind…

  • 2. The Velopresso

    December 9, 2012, 2 Comments

    Part of the Institut Paul Bocuse & Emlyon Business School Top 10 What it is: Velopresso is the mobile espresso bar that exclusively runs on Pedal Power. No electricity is used. Also the…

  • Science's Signals - Week 48

    November 30, 2012, 1 Comment

    Hereby we present you this week’s Signals with stories about modern warfare, privacy, consumerism and masculinity. With input from amongst others the NY Times, Financial Times, The Economist, The Guardian,…

  • Green Rooftop Electricity

    November 28, 2012, 2 Comments

      Urban farming gets extra dimensions. Besides the fun of growing lettuce on your own rooftop, it is possible to harvest electricity from your urban garden as well. What…

  • Science's Signals - Week 47

    November 23, 2012, 2 Comments

    Hereby we present you this weeks Signals. The main subject is: technology. From 3d printing to bionics, from X-Ray technology to brainwaves. It’s all here. With stories from amongst…

  • Science's Signals - Week 45

    November 9, 2012, 1 Comment

    Hereby we present you this week’s selection from our most valuable filters. With stories from amongst others The Economist, Gizmodo, NY Times, Wired, The Atlantic about elections in China…

  • Science's Signals - Week 44

    November 2, 2012, No Comments

    Hereby we present you this week’s selection from our most valuable filters. Amongst others FastCodesign, FastCompany, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Economist, Wired, The Atlantic and Big Think. Prominent…

  • Haven Press Studio: Digital meets Traditional

    November 1, 2012, No Comments

    What it is: At Brooklyn (NY) based Haven Press Studio, fine art is printed by hand. Providing an expansive variety of printing services to artists and designers, publishers and…

  • Inspired by Nature

    October 28, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: Tonin Casa is an Italian design brand responsible for creating interesting interior objects. Recently they have presented a line inspired by the principle of biolecture. Shapes from…

  • Science's Signals - Week 43

    October 26, 2012, 1 Comment

    Hereby we present you this week’s signals. We’ve got stories from amongst others TechCrunch, Gizmodo, NY Times, Fast Company, Dezeen, Business Insider and The Hacker News. Covered topics: Microsoft,…

  • Coffinger - Coffee in a Snap

    October 25, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Coffinger is a new concept design for coffee packaging. The unusual thing about this packaging comes in hand after pouring the coffee. After turning the package…

  • The “Shwop Coat”

    October 24, 2012, 2 Comments

    SHOPPING FOR TRULY SUSTAINABLE CLOTHES IS BECOMING A REALITY What it is: Marks & Spencer, the UK retail giant, have just launched the “Shwop Coat”: a limited edition jacket…

  • Science's Signals - Week 42

    October 19, 2012, 1 Comment

    This weeks selection contains parts that all have got something to do with empowerment. A big theme is DIY, Do It Yourself, grab the power back over your own life.…

  • adiZero Primeknit Trainers

    October 19, 2012, 3 Comments

    What it is: Adidas developed a new kind of sneakers, the adiZero Primeknit trainers. We already have spotted them at the Olympics 2012. They are even released because of…

  • Six Examples of Food Design

    October 15, 2012, No Comments

    The exhibition ‘De Etende Mens’ (‘People Eating’) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands shows the work of designers, artists and other creatives concerned with the link between food, its look and…

  • Science's Signals - Week 41

    October 12, 2012, No Comments

    This weeks edition contains stories from Financial Times, NY Times, Dezeen, VICE, The Atlantic, Wallpaper, Gizmodo and Huffington Post. Read about globalization, transparency, craftsmanship and watch videos from Chanel’s…

  • Science's Signals - Week 40

    October 5, 2012, 2 Comments

    This weeks stories cover the more abstract theme of the middle class shift, 3D printing (again!), Facebook and we created an ‘Must Do’-list for this weekend. Picks from amongst…

  • Science's Signals - Week 39

    September 28, 2012, 1 Comment

    This weeks covered topics: (Fresh) Startups, Online vs. Offline, Growing Leather, Zap-Tap-Go and Flintwave. From amongst others the Financial Times, Forbes India, TheNextWeb, Daily Mail and The Atlantic. Subscribe to…

  • Inside Design Amsterdam 2012

    September 26, 2012, No Comments

    Inside Design Amsterdam is being held for the tenth time this year. It is a design invasion in IJburg, Amsterdam, a relatively quiet place full of modern architecture, surrounded…

  • Hövding: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet

    August 16, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet – or in its original name, Hövding – was born in 2005 on a joint master thesis in industrial design at the…

  • Physics of the Future

    August 3, 2012, 2 Comments

    Part of the Solid Summer Reads Top 10 Michio Kaku - Physics of the Future The Inventions that Will Transform Our Lives. What it is: This book summons -with very solid…

  • Eco Friendly Motocross

    July 9, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: This post is about the First eCross park in Holland. Aim of ee Xparc is realizing environmental and sustainable recreation concepts to keep earth a bit…

  • The Essential Tyre is Rolling On

    July 5, 2012, No Comments

      What it Is: Produced in 2005, this new and revolutionary design by Michelin delivers more grip with reduced costs and less rubber, thus making another huge contribution to sustainability.…

  • Nike Recycling

    July 3, 2012, 1 Comment

      What it Is: After receiving a Nike keychain last week, made of of recycled Nike shoes, I decided to drop a blogpost on Nike and recycling. Some people…

  • Smart And Cool Energy Saving

    June 23, 2012, 4 Comments

        What it Is: This blogpost is about two great examples that showcase how entrenched patterns can be changed quite easily. Fun and experience is one approach (piano)…

  • Portugal's Sustainable Football Kit

    June 8, 2012, 9 Comments

    Spotted by: Diogo Torres What it is Inspired in Portugal’s past and produced by Nike, the away kit of the Portuguese Football Team aims at conveying all the powerful…

  • The Carefully Crafted Clothing of Merz b. Schwanen

    June 7, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Inspired by vintage workmen’s undergarments from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, Berlin based fashion label Merz b. Schwanen takes a slightly different approach in manufacturing than…

  • The Coca Cola Bag

    June 2, 2012, 19 Comments

    AUTHENTIC BRAND EXPERIENCE THAT COSTS LESS, REACHES MORE AND IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! What it is In El Salvador – like in many Central and South American countries…

  • Malthusian versus Solovian

    May 31, 2012, 7 Comments

    What it is WarmCO2 is a project in which waste heat and CO2 are used for environmental friendly horticulture. WarmCO2 delivers CO2 to gardeners that locate themselves in a…

  • The Rise of Vegan Fast Food

    May 26, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Even though consuming (industrialised) meat has become less self-evident in contemporary time, in many countries Döner kebab still remains one of the most popular forms of…

  • iGrow – A FlowerPot for Everyone!

    May 25, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is iGrow is an innovative flowerpot that is designed to hold a week’s supply of water, so it can supply to the plant as needed. This flowerpot…

  • A Story: Fastfood in 2030

    May 24, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is We are used to fast food companies on every street corner, but how will they operate in twenty years? In this story Fast Food company Mac…

  • The Moss Table

    May 18, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is Created by Biophotovoltaics, the Moss Table uses Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) Technology devices that generate electricity. This concept aims to power any electronic gadgets with the help of…

  • T-shirt + Flashmob = ShirtMob

    May 17, 2012, 3 Comments

    What it is Public plaza Alexanderplatz is commonly Berlin’s epicentre of consumerism and fast fashion retail giants. Just recently however, the famous square became the stage of an assembled…

  • The Farm Chair

    May 15, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is Created by the German designer Werner Aisslinger, the Farm Chair is plantation chair that is produced in an Agricultural Lab and grows into the shape of…

  • Eco Noise

    May 14, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is The Eco Noise is a project all about giving relief from the constant construction noise as well as create a presentable picture of the site. The idea…

  • Towers of Trees

    May 11, 2012, 2 Comments

    Selected from the Vietnam Coolhunt 2012 What it is Towering over the city skyline, Bosco Verticale will be the world’s first forest in the sky, complete with a living space…

  • Skeppshults City Bike

    May 8, 2012, No Comments

    Selected from the Milan Fashion Institute Coolhunt 2012 What it is Small balloon tires, a low-rider frame and lots of hauling attachments are the features Swedish cycling company Skeppshult…

  • Save Energy – Innovate

    May 2, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is In this article you can find two different examples that share the same concept: save energy! 1.    EMG Sensor – is a technology that can be…

  • A Cheap, Eco Friendly, Portable Home

    April 30, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it Is Shipping Containers are becoming even more useful now, since they are being used beyond their creation reasons. Due to their material, space and mobility, shipping containers…

  • Waterless Washing Machine

    April 23, 2012, 7 Comments

    What it is Imagine a new way of washing your clothes, with no water or detergent, in a few minutes and with no noise at all… Orbit is an…

  • The Hansen Family

    April 18, 2012, No Comments

    What it is Gesa Hansen is a Norwegian designer from a family of carpenters, architects and designers who decided to create her own label of Scandinavian furniture. But, with…

  • LED Lightning: Innovating Your Core Business

    April 17, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is This is how it works in the big corporate world. And why politics are important – from time to time. Since more than a century traditional…

  • Nudge!

    April 15, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is Lots of people are concerned about the environment. They also are willing to make a commitment, as long as they do not feel that they do it…

  • Sprout

    April 9, 2012, No Comments

    What it is Sprout is a James Dyson-Awarded project that aims to measure the amount of CO2 that is absorb by any tree during its photosynthesis. Why it is…

  • Poo Powered Rickshaw

    April 2, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it Is With the rise of petrol prices and with all the environmental issues, we are seeing many different institutions and organizations aiming to adopt new alternatives. Therefore,…

  • Da/Spa

    March 31, 2012, No Comments

    Spotted by André Morais – IPG – Guarda – Portugal What it is Da/Spa is a very clever creation by Victor M Alemán that combines a shower with water…

  • Climatic changes have consequences on our eating habits!

    March 29, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Salt-Soil Potatoes: A Dutch company together with researchers have harvested the first successful crop of salt-soil potatoes. This is a breakthrough for worldwide agriculture, which is…

  • Hyquator – Clean Water Anywhere

    March 27, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is The Hyquator is a project that aims to produce clean water by killing all the microorganisms present in any water, in just a few minutes, through…

  • It Is YOUR Apple Juice

    March 26, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is Did you know that the earth has more than 18.000 different kinds of apples? Apples originate from central Asian mountains where they grow together with wild…

  • Photovoltaics Enables Super-Powered Clothing

    March 20, 2012, No Comments

    What it is The Photovoltaic cell exists since 1883, but now thin film cells have been recently improved to flexible and less bulky sunlight harvesting tools when applied to…

  • Fontys IEMES Top Coolhunters: The Shit Box

    March 13, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is The Shit Box is the solution for long waiting times and smelly Dixies on festivals or camps. With this toilet made from recycled pasteboard, you can…

  • Bike Bus

    March 13, 2012, No Comments

    This is a bike-bus created by the Dutch company Tolkamp Metaalspecials. This bike-bus has been designed to be used by children until 12 years old on their daily path…

  • Fontys IEMES Top Coolhunters: Ecotrash Louboutin

    March 8, 2012, No Comments

    What it is Christian Louboutin, the shoe king who founded his label in 1991, became famous with sexy, luxurious and expensive shoes and bags. His designs are usually made…

  • Synthetic Petrol

    March 6, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is This is a new technology that is capable to transform recycled plastic into petrol. Discovered by Agilyx, this technology allows the user to separate all the…

  • Fontys IEMES Top Coolhunters: iTree

    March 2, 2012, No Comments

    What it is The “iTree” is a high quality iPhone and iPod docking station made out of a simple tree trunk. The trunk is hollowed out using special techniques…

  • Creating cool cities

    March 2, 2012, No Comments

    What it is: The 2012 TED prize was awarded to the idea of theCITY2.0. This week, their winning vision was unveiled; the action plan towards building theCITY 2.0 starts online, where users can…

  • Creative Real-Time QR

    February 28, 2012, 8 Comments

    What it is ‘The Big Melt’ sees QR codes transferred onto ice in worldwide first Creative agency iris launched an innovative guerrilla campaign for leading independent conservation body the…

  • Osmotic Energy

    February 28, 2012, 6 Comments

    What it is The principle of osmotic energy production with semipermeable membranes stems from the period 1970 – 1980. The main obstacle towards development of this technology was the…

  • Heavenly Ugly: Promote Intrinsic Values

    February 25, 2012, 9 Comments

    What it is When in love, nothing is ugly! But if you ask a stranger to describe the beauty of your girlfriend your world can be torn to pieces.…

  • Yo'Play Box - Packaging is toy

    February 22, 2012, 7 Comments

    What is is Made by the Italian company Design deGast, this yoghurt packaging has a very simple, but simultaneously strong concept behind it. They basically have put together two…

  • Wearable Art

    February 21, 2012, 1 Comment

    Example spotted by International Lifestyle Student Robbin de Bont What it is This is an art project by Nicholas Ruiz, founder of made in forest hills. ‘Made in forest hills’ is…

  • Have some Coca-Cola with your Nokia

    February 16, 2012, 10 Comments

    What it Is: It is a modified Nokia cellphone that runs on Coca-Cola, designed by Daizi Zheng. Why is It Cool: This modified cellphone can run to four times…

  • Sustainable! Sustainable! Sustainable!

    February 14, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it Is: Michael Reynolds is an American architect based in New Mexico and a proponent of “radically sustainable living”. He has been a critic of the profession of…

  • The ecoATM

    February 12, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is This is the first ecoATM. It is made by the eponymous company ecoATm based in San Diego, California. The company is the first to create a…

  • Automotive Upcycling

    February 10, 2012, No Comments

    What it is Car producer Chevrolet recycled used outdoor promo materials for the Chevrolet Cruze. They turned leftover safety belts and other stuff into bags and laptop sleeves, amongst…

  • Swap-o-matic

    January 30, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: The Swap-o-Matic is a vending machine that allows you to get rid of things that you no longer need/want, or to get…

  • Environmental Twist

    January 27, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is Witnessing first-hand the incredible amount of plastic waste he and his co-workers were using every day for their packed lunches, designer Nick…

  • TIDE Recycle Bag

    January 26, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is Detergent brand TIDE created a social stunt for people to re-use plastic bags in the supermarkets. Quite basically, they’ve created a bag where people could write…

  • Luce

    January 12, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is: Luce, that in Italian means light, is a completely wireless laptop pc made from clear polycarbonate and powered by 2 solar panels able to power the…

  • Recycling Your Vision - Creative People in Lisbon Streets

    January 10, 2012, 12 Comments

    What it is: Lisbon city hall invited the residents to paint one of the 415 containers dispersed around the streets for recycling glass. For that purpose was launched a…

  • Minimal Dress by Digna Kosse

    January 9, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is: A collection of 15 “dresses” created by Digna Kosse with the express purpose of not to be appealing to “fashionists” and to show that even the humblest…

  • Reusable Personal Packages

    January 9, 2012, 2 Comments

    Have you ever heard of the plastic Islands in the ocean’s? Area’s, as big as half a continent, paved with drifting plastic; our heritage of thirty years massive use…

  • Top 11: #3 Edward Glaeser - Triumph of the City

    January 4, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 Edward Glaeser - Triumph of the City. How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. What it…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 01: Farmville's Sheep Invasion

    January 4, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is: Farmville is the most succesful -free- game on Facebook, that in a very short time became very popular among young people. It has over 35 million players…

  • Top 11: #5: James Reilly - Shake the World

    January 2, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 James Reilly - Shake the World. It’s Not About Finding a Job. It’s About Creating a Life. What it is: This…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 02: Greengiving and living

    January 2, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is: Greengiving.nl gives you the opportunity to print (environment-friendly) an ad or message on pieces of real, biologically grown fruit (found by Alexander Innavong). We live in times…

  • Top 11: #6 N. Kumar & P. Puranam - India Inside

    January 1, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 Nirmalya Kumar & Phanish Puranam - India Inside What it is: The stereotypical idea of Indian business is that they are…

  • Top 11: #10: M. Braungart & W. McDonough - Cradle to Cradle

    December 26, 2011, 2 Comments

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 Michael Braungart and William McDonough - Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way We Make Things What it is: Oh, yes, this…

  • Top 11: #11 Larry Rohter - Brazil On The Rise

    December 25, 2011, 1 Comment

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 Larry Rohter - Brazil On The Rise, the Story of a Country Transformed. What it is: New York Times reporter Larry…

  • Shit Addoration

    December 20, 2011, 3 Comments

    What it is: Let’s talk about shit, baby!! You know, this brown, soft and warm thing coming out of our ass, every morning. It is also called anal impaction,…

  • Christmas tree made from 40 000 recycled bottles

    December 19, 2011, 3 Comments

    What it is: Three times on the row the city of Kaunas, Lithuania, invited artist Jolanta Šmidtien? to imagine its holydays decorations. Except this year the creator – recognizing…

  • Dutch Mountain 'Flevoberg': Great or Crazy?

    December 17, 2011, No Comments

    What it is: Holland is a.o. known as a flat country. Now ex-cyclist Thijs Zonneveld wants a Dutch mountain. One which is two kilometres high in Flevoland. Don’t, say…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 07: Parc Disponible

    December 15, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: ‘The Parc Disponible project by Stefan Gyzl proposes an extreme solution within the parameters of ‘petite nature urbaine’: a park-for-one, a garden for individual and private relaxation and…

  • Artivism

    December 15, 2011, 3 Comments

    What it is: On october 5th this year containership Rena spilled 350 tonnes of oil in the Pacific Ocean. Results of this spill were most visible on the beaches…

  • Obermutten: Social Village Marketing

    December 14, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: A campaign (Jung von Matt/Limmat) dedicated to the little and lovely mountain villages in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland www.facebook.com/obermutten. I guess you know city marketing. Now…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 08: The Energy Plant

    December 13, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: For Swedish designercollective AWARE Corporate Social Responsibility is an important focus-point. They are mainly working on awareness (what’s in a name?) when it comes to environment.…

  • Transportable Living

    December 13, 2011, 2 Comments

    What it is: The far-reaching ICT developments and the relatively low transport costs make it increasingly easy to come and go as we please. We can move from New…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 09: Oat Shoes

    December 11, 2011, 1 Comment

    February 2011 a story about ‘sneakers that bloom’ buzzed all around the interwebs. Jessy Grootswagers spotted them on AIFW 2011: Oat Shoes won the second place at the Green…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 10: Urban Hanging Gardens

    December 8, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: First found by Kimberly Schouten: ‘Who says apartment owners can’t enjoy the fun and good mood that comes with growing various decorative plants or vegetables? Home…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 11: In-store farming

    December 6, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: Subway, the fastfood sandwich chain lets a shop grow its own lettuce in-store and use it in sandwiches. “This is a new style of restaurant that…

  • World of Experiences

    November 14, 2011, 2 Comments

    What it is: Voestalpine is an exchange-listed Austrian steel corporation with locations worldwide and over 40,000 workers. Their latest project Stahlwelt (steel world) is not aimed at enhancing the…

  • FARM:shop - Radical Decentralization at Its Best

    November 9, 2011, 2 Comments

    FARM:shop is an intriguing role model at a time of growing interest in environmental and social design. It aims to discover how many different types of food can be…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 19: Biker's Lifestyle

    November 1, 2011, No Comments

    Rosanne Steensma chose in stead of going on a limitless search for ‘Cool’ to Coolhunt with a theme, a focus, because of an interesting sparkle within lifestyle: bicycling. The search…

  • Bio Robot Refrigerator

    September 30, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Catarina Varandas Production will have to wait a couple of years, but this fridge created by Electrolux is the winner of the 2010 Design Lab…

  • Naturally empowered

    September 13, 2011, No Comments

    French advertising agency DDB created for the orange juice brand Tropicana an ad where they took the slogan “Natural Energy” literally. 2500 oranges attached to pins and linked…

  • Ethical production

    September 5, 2011, 1 Comment

    “Handmade with love” in Nairobi is Vivienne Westwood’s latest project destined to supply a line of accessories made out of recycled materials for her autumn/winter collection. The production…

  • Paper sticks

    August 25, 2011, 2 Comments

    Re-paper Chopstick is a relevant design to those who use disposable chopsticks on a daily basis. This D-I-Y pack of paper sticks is easy to assemble and use.…

  • Wild Food

    August 1, 2011, No Comments

    Bluehendes Konfekt - Blossoming Confectionery - got its name from its components, which are chocolate and wild plants. The Austrian founder, Michael Diewald, started this business out of…

  • ‘Hair Glasses’

    July 6, 2011, No Comments

    Studio Swine presents ‘Hair Glasses’ – a collection of sustainable fashion eyewear exploring the potential of Human hair. The UK beauty industry imports 15 million pounds worth of…

  • Eco: In Your Face

    July 1, 2011, No Comments

    . We Miss You is a social campaign from three German film students. It deals with the relationship between humans and nature by asking an exceptional question: “What if…

  • Ink Remover Printer

    June 25, 2011, No Comments

    Generally we buy a printer to take printouts, but here is a concept that believes in the reverse process…removing ink from the printed-paper! Akin to the idea of…

  • Eco dish washer

    June 13, 2011, No Comments

    EcoWash is your friendly dishwasher/dinner-set holder that you can take along on picnics and camping trips. Combining the components of a bucket of water, cleaning brush, suds and…

  • EcoPad

    May 29, 2011, No Comments

    Touch technology is more or less the best way to use a device, simply because it’s the most natural and intuitive human behavior. Continue reading

  • Daqua

    May 24, 2011, No Comments

    This device is called Daqua . Continue reading

  • Q-sound

    May 18, 2011, No Comments

    Renewable energy including solar now developing in many areas. Equipped with flexible solar panels, this Bluetooth headset Continue reading

  • Growth Plate

    May 13, 2011, No Comments

    Growth Plate is a manifestation of the hybrid environment studied in urban ecology. By forcing contact with living representatives of this environment, Growth Plate furthers awareness of their…

  • “Boxed water is better”

    May 8, 2011, No Comments

    Alternative to conventional water bottle made of PET, we liked the packaging “Tetra Pack” of this water rather minimalist Continue reading

  • Hot: Heat Sensitive Paper

    April 29, 2011, No Comments

    Shown is a book cover created to show the controversial issue of global warming. The book focuses on this debate. The use of heat sensitive paper on the…

  • An Eco-friendly Vacuum Cleaner

    April 28, 2011, No Comments

    Being the a large and notable manufacturer of home and professional appliances, as well as the second largest appliance manufacturer in the world, Electrolux Group uses up considerable…

  • Elephant Dung Paper

    April 22, 2011, No Comments

    At the end of march, in occasion of “Make the right thing” - Fà la cosa giusta, an economic-solidarity fair in Milan, Vagamondi exhibited his all paper objects…

  • “Any waste stuff is not garbage”

    April 20, 2011, No Comments

    Photographer Gaby Herbstein in collaboration with cartoonist and illustrator Pablo Bernasconi came to the original idea for raising eco-culture of people around the world. Starting from the phrase…

  • ZEN Lamp

    April 19, 2011, No Comments

    The ZEN light promises to free you from plugs and cables. It’s doesn’t even need an external power supply because it generates its own. The trick is a…

  • Recycled spray cans

    April 16, 2011, No Comments

    Unique lights recycled from spray cans. Creation of the collective creative Slovenian Zek Crew in the competition Guerilla Light Competition, a favorite for these suspensions Can Delight created…

  • Touch Wood

    April 11, 2011, No Comments

    The eco-friendly cell phone Touch Wood SH-08C is made from trees that have been culled from overgrown forests in Japan. Also the organic shape in the form of…

  • Eco-Furniture

    April 7, 2011, No Comments

    The modern sustainability movement is pursuing his appeal to a large number of EcoDesigners. Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (in partnership with Corvasce )and Kubedesign with Keith Haring:…

  • Biodegradable shoes

    April 2, 2011, No Comments

    For those looking to put a little eco-friendliness in their step, the OneMoment shoe by Figtree Factory Studios offers comfort and modern style in this 100% biodegradable unisex…

  • Green buildings

    March 31, 2011, No Comments

    Imagine a waste bin. Take that bin and fill it with compostable products like grass cuttings, tea bags, & cardboard Continue reading

  • Gotta Moo

    March 22, 2011, No Comments

    This is Gotta Moo , a very nice concept of packaging milk carton designed by Narani Kannan design student at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Original…

  • Vegan Fashion

    March 14, 2011, No Comments

    UMASAN is a German fashion company using only vegan materials and transforming them in an avant-garde collection for women and men. Their focus is on ecological production solutions…

  • Universal Plug

    March 14, 2011, No Comments

    The Universal Plug kinda puts an end to all debates about how a plug should be designed to remind us to yank it out, once we switch off…

  • Cool Eco Graffiti = paint + moss

    March 13, 2011, No Comments

    Lipton has launched its first ‘green positive projects’ in the streets of Sydney. At first sight it simply looks like another promotion executed in graffiti style. According to…

  • Never Wasted

    March 10, 2011, No Comments

    The eco-friendly initiatives gave impetus to the development of multi-use products. Continue reading

  • Chiquisafe: a banana protective case

    March 8, 2011, No Comments

    It is a funny banana keeper, a durable and hygienic object to be used every day. This case is realised in rubber and it can allow the owner…

  • School of Recycled Pepsi Bottles

    March 8, 2011, No Comments

    . The first school building in Asia constructed from recycled plastic bottles Continue reading

  • Eco-friendly friend for your clothes

    March 2, 2011, No Comments

    Cramped houses call for appliances and gadgets to be efficiently designed. Continue reading

  • Futuristic Power Charger

    February 6, 2011, No Comments

    Turning Power Charger is a futuristic charger concept which is developed by industrial designer Cindy Karimun . This innovative device harnesses the kinetic energy for getting its power.…

  • Generating green Photovoltaic Power without sun

    February 4, 2011, No Comments

    The photovoltaic solar panel that works even without the sun is no longer science fiction. The Idaho National Laboratory has developed a prototype of a solar panel capable…

  • Eco Cool Revisited

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    The Promise of Solar Roadways   Part of the 10 2011/2012 Insights What it Is: Because we work with moving/developing mentality trends we -and with us our Coolhunters and…

  • The Skip Garden

    January 24, 2011, No Comments

    Welcome to the Skip Garden, a self-sustaining vegetable garden with a twist – it’s moveable. As different areas in King’s Cross Central are developed, the skips will be…

  • Accordion Package- one solution for many problems

    January 22, 2011, No Comments

    Accordion Package is a space-saving container for instant noodles that can be compressed like an accordion. This makes it easier to store and carry and cuts down on…

  • ‘Il Portello’ Guerilla Social Responsibility Campaign

    January 19, 2011, No Comments

    A creative Guerrilla Social Responsibility Campaign. The mall “Il Portello” in Milan developed this interesting campaign in order to rise customers sensitivity on the environment preservation and the…

  • ‘External Light’: Interesting idea for clean floors

    January 18, 2011, No Comments

    “External Light” is a concept floor lamp that relies on you to mop your floors regularly to store kinetic energy to power the lamp integrated into the entire…

  • Ecookie

    January 12, 2011, No Comments

    Instead of wasteful plastic and wooden stirrers, why not use an ecookie? Dense enough to keep a satisfying crunch when stirring yet scrumptiously delicious as that extra little…

  • Do your best to keep it clean

    January 4, 2011, No Comments

    Stella is a collaborative project that offers a tangible interpretation of how ecological actions can positively affect the environment. It’s thought that if people can quickly see how…

  • Xuz: For Handmade Lovers

    December 30, 2010, No Comments

    By Sónia Laima , Lisboa. Xuz is a Portuguese brand of handmade shoes. Most models are a modern twist to the traditional clogs and still have an urban…

  • For All Music Fanatics: Solar Charged Headphone

    December 26, 2010, No Comments

    Designer Zhong-Fa Lie brings a multifunctional headphone for all you music fanatics that you could use anywhere, anytime. Christened the “ Hexound ”, this outdoor headphone uses solar…

  • Go green-plant new plants

    December 22, 2010, No Comments

    The WaterDisxx makes it possible to plant seeds almost anywhere. It provides the seed with everything it needs to grow, and makes reforrestation of desert areas possible in…

  • Electric Eels Light Up Christmas

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    An aquarium in Finland has found an environmentally-friendly way of powering its Christmas lights - by electric eel. Continue reading

  • Electric Eels Light Up Christmas

    December 18, 2010, 1 Comment

    An aquarium in Finland has found an environmentally-friendly way of powering its Christmas lights - by electric eel. Continue reading

  • New Use of Books

    December 16, 2010, No Comments

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  • Let’s talk about Death

    December 10, 2010, No Comments

    The topic of death has changed from a taboo to receiving a more open approach. Designer Jacob Jensen chose the coffin to create it from a modern and…

  • Mobile Living

    December 6, 2010, No Comments

    Smart Box Industries LLC (Smart Box) is specialised in design, manufacturing, transportation and installation of modular construction. Their projects range from accommodation units, site offices, kitchen units, medical…

  • Get your Piece of Polar

    November 26, 2010, No Comments

    From the 27th of November till the 5th of December, the Museum Square in Amsterdam is a little bit colder. Continue reading

  • Eco Cool

    September 30, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Expo Top 2010 What it Is: At number 1 are, really overwhelming, all the initiatives that we together call: environmental friendly. Eco inhouse. Eco public spaces.…

  • Green Cities

    September 29, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Expo Top 2010 What it Is: We find the extensive and intense search to open our dense multi-million inhabitant cities to healthy green. Like Sweden’s city…

  • Home

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    Part of the Expo Top 2010 What it Is: Here we have that makes home life more comfortable, efficient and green. Like Japan for example, that presents a window…

  • Mu By Peugeot

    August 18, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the July Top What it Is: ‘Mu by Peugeot’ is a car rental service. You can buy ‘mobility points’ and spend them to rent a vehicle, a…

  • Distinctive Multi Media To Warn Agains Eco-Threat

    July 17, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the July Top What it Is: 25 students at the prestigious Seoul National University in Korea took to their university campus to promote global warming awareness. The…

  • Komodo 'Fair Play' T-shirts

    June 25, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the World Cup Top 2010 What it Is: These Komodo t-shirts were made in the only facility in Kathmandu, Nepal, that is SA 8000 certified. That means that the…

  • Wireless Electricity

    June 15, 2010, No Comments

    Part of May Top 2010 What it Is: Power that you don’t have to plug-in to. Companies like WiTricity are providing technology that will allow us to power our devices over…

  • Flower Grenades - Green War Profiteering

    June 4, 2010, No Comments

    Guerilla gardening has been around for time now but there was something missing with this great green war; the commercial opportunities for weapon manufacturers. Thankfully we have SUCK…

  • Rolling Graffiti

    June 2, 2010, No Comments

    By Betty Borghi and Marco Pedroni, from Milan: ‘ Dipingimi le balle ’, that is ‘paint my balls’. Continue reading

  • The New Red Double Decker

    May 26, 2010, No Comments

    Many of us have used or still using the classic and historic red buses in London. After 50 years the city London, Heatherwick Studio and manufacturer Wrightbus have…

  • Growing Jewelry

    May 25, 2010, No Comments

    Jewelry that combines silver and living organic material by HAF . “Growing Jewelry is a redefinition of modern values Continue reading

  • Africa’s True Cradle to Cradle Mentality

    May 20, 2010, 1 Comment

    . Our True Masters of Cradle to Cradle story from over two years ago and Addictlab’s Solomon don’t stand alone. Apparently there are more initiatives in Africa regarding using…

  • Puma Clever Bag

    April 27, 2010, No Comments

    By Bart van de Kooij, Shanghai After almost 2 years of collaboration between Fuseproject and PUMA they have designed their red shoebox, called “the clever little bag.”

  • Wanderlust Posters

    April 23, 2010, No Comments

    Wanderlust is a gallery and online store, powered by more than 50 young artists and designers worldwide. With Earth Day 2010 coming up they decided to sell beautiful…

  • 4. Do it Yourself Garage Biologists

    June 22, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, June 2009 What it Is: Internet, peer-to-peer networking, the co-creative social Web (2.0, 3.0 etcetera,) they all point into the same direction: Knowledge…

  • 8. Stop Recycling, Start Repairing

    June 18, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, June 2009 What it Is: The Repair Manifesto by Platform 21 is making worldwide waves with its convincing and practical appeal to all designers…

  • 1. Power Pirate

    January 28, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, January 2009 What it Is: The conceptual Power Pirate by Wim Goossens ambitiously aims to collect as much sustainable energy as possible in international…

  • 02. CARROTMOB

    November 26, 2008, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, november 2008 What it Is: Carrot-mob is a Web 2.0-empowered, open community that promotes social responsibility in a simple, clever fun way.…

  • 06. COOL SUSTAINABILITY SIMPLY CONTINUES

    November 22, 2008, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, november 2008 What it Is: The whole world feels the threat of global pollution. We all are warned. It is cool to…

  • 14. COLOURFUL AND CRITICAL

    November 14, 2008, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, november 2008 What it Is: PLASTIC ART AGAINST POLLUTION This Korean artist turns polluting plastics in thoughtful art. Asia by now is…

  • 13. The Process Chair by Scott Garcia

    June 29, 2008, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, june 2008 What it Is: My ‘process chair’ – part of the Process Collection, dealing with consumerism – is made exactly like…

  • Dongtan

    April 3, 2008, No Comments

    What it Is: The eco-city that everybody in Shanghai seems to be talking about, Dongtan island, plans to have over half a million people living on it by 2010.…

  • Superuse

    April 3, 2008, No Comments

    What it Is: Superuse is an open community of designers, architects and anyone else who would like to join and is interested in inventive ways of recycling. The creative…

  • Souk El Tayeb, Beirut

    April 3, 2008, No Comments

    What it Is: Kamal Mouzawak, young journalist from Beirut took the initiative to create the first famer’s market in Lebanon – the tradition of middle eastern souks didn’t survive…

  • Artek 2nd Cycle

    April 3, 2008, No Comments

    What it Is: Artek, a high-end iconic Finnish manufacturer of furniture goes to flea markets and the internet to buy back its own vintage products from consumers. They fixed…

  • Eco Dying

    April 3, 2008, No Comments

    What it Is: We have been seeing in recent months a drive towards a more eco-friendly death business with the advent of biodegradable coffins, eco-cementaries, green burials etc. Taking…

  • Worn Again

    March 3, 2008, No Comments

    What it Is: Worn Again is a joint venture between Anti-Apathy and Terra Plana. They recycle a lot of totally cool gear and offer it for sale on the…

  • Bikes In Paris And Green Roofs In New York

    December 3, 2007, No Comments

    What it Is: Bikes in Paris: Originally there were ‘only’ 10,000 but the quantity had to be doubled soon because everyone seemed to be thrilled by the new public…

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