Check out the winners of the German Ecodesign Award 2022
The winners of the German Ecodesign Award 2022 have been announced. Out of 295 submissions and 28 nominees, 14 projects were honoured.
The award-winning projects include intelligently designed lights, a seasonal calendar for green electricity, precast foundations for wind turbines, a deposit chair as well as advanced concepts for the transformation of the clothing industry and the data-based rewetting of peatlands. Below we have highlighted a selection of the winning projects. You can see the full winners line-up here.
The Steelcase Flex Perch Stool is the world’s first piece of furniture to be made with plastic from BASF’s ChemCycling™ project. This technology creates a new type of raw material from a waste stream deriving from electronics production. This reduces both waste and the use of fossil resources. The standing stool is space-saving, flexible to use and durable and can be fully recycled at the end of its life cycle.
HIIVE provides honeybees with a near-natural, species-appropriate home. Unlike conventional hives, which are primarily designed for maximum honey extraction, HIIVE also addresses the needs of the animals. The design replicates the microclimate of a tree cavity, the bees’ natural habitat. With its special characteristics, it has a positive effect on the health of the bees. HIIVE is made exclusively from a mix of recycled and natural materials, with a modular design that ensures easy reparability.
The construction industry is one of the most resource-intensive sectors of all. Alongside high levels of resource extraction and the issue of scarcity, there are also challenges with regard to disposal. 5 TONS is a recyclable mineral solid made using brick dust from broken masonry as well as recycled aggregate from mineral construction waste. As such, 5 TONS represents an alleviation in the use of primary raw materials and for landfills. A dry stacking system for masonry blocks has been developed on the basis of the material, and tanks to the shape of the brick, it is possible to do entirely without mortar. Cut markings and defined breaking points permit a flexible configuration of brickwork.
Climate-friendly mobility with bicycles and e-bikes is dependent on suitable infrastructure. Using the automated V-Locker Smart Bike Parking System, which includes a digital operating and service platform, it is possible to safely store up to 60 bikes in a single car parking space. Thanks to individual facade design, the modular towers blend into the urban environment. Greenery, glass, solar or wood cladding are all possible. Assembly and disassembly all require minimal effort. Operation via smartphone app is intuitive and straightforward. Several installations are already in place in Germany and Switzerland, and there are more are in the planning phase.
The next call for entries for the German Ecodesign Award starts on January 23, 2023 for new outstandingly designed, environmentally compatible and future-oriented projects.
News source & images: bundespreis-ecodesign.de
Winners of Baltic Sustainability Awards 2022 announced
Last night the winners of the second Baltic Sustainability Awards were selected at the Sustainability Forum and Awards Ceremony in Riga.
Between more than 240 applications and 29 finalist pitches, the winners and their exciting sustainability innovation initiatives are as follows:
Winners of the IMPACT category:
- Renewable energy: Aerones Engineering (Latvia)
- Sustainable resources: UP Catalyst (Estonia)
- Supply chain: Marine Digital (Baltic)
- Social initiatives: Oxylabs (Lithuania)
- Sustainable cities & mobility: ECO BUS (Latvia)
Winners of the INNOVATION category:
Winners of the CHANGEMAKER category:
- Latvia: Daniels Trukšāns, Eco-Schools programme coordinator in Latvia
- Estonia: Tarvo Ong, CEO of Fusebox
- Lithuania: Gediminas Kondrackis, Founder of The Climate Museum, association “Aktyvus Jaunimas” and “Tvariau.lt”
News source & photo: balticsustainabilityawards.eu/news
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Baltic Sustainability Awards is open for applications
The Baltic scale sustainability innovation competition Baltic Sustainability Awards 2022 is now open for applications.
You can apply by October 14 in three categories:
- Impact – for large enterprises, small and medium enterprises, NGOs and public institutions in areas such as renewable energy, resource re-use, mobility, sustainable supply chains and social entrepreneurship.
- Innovation – for enterprises and startups working on greentech solutions.
- Changemakers – for inspiring individuals with a mission and vision.
All winners will be announced at the Baltic Sustainability Awards ceremony on November 30.
Find out more & apply here.
News source: Cleantech Estonia
Meet The German Ecodesign Award 2021 nominees
As Germany’s highest state award for ecological design, The German Ecodesign Award (Bundespreis Ecodesign) has announced this year’s nominees. In the four categories of product, service, concept and young talents, it awards submissions that meet the highest ecological and design quality requirements.
From circular jackets that are 100% disassembled and recycled, powder based re-fillable soaps and shampoos to bike kilometers turned into currency, zero-energy building, and numerous material and service innovations, these inspiring and innovative solutions pave the way to a circular future of products and services, designing out waste, pollution and excessive material extraction.
See the list of nominees here.
The German Ecodesign Award was offered for the first time in 2012 by the German Federal Environment Ministry, the German Environmental Agency and the International Design Center Berlin e.V. Since then it has been awarded annually.
News & photo sources: bundespreis-ecodesign.de, sustainabilityguide.eu