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Beautiful Shigenobu Twilight ”This is the first handcrafted scent by NY artist Anicka Yi and architect Maggie Peng. The fragrance is inspired by the Fusako Shigenobu, former leader of the Japanese Red Army, who was believed to be in exile in Lebanon for many years after orchestrating some of the group’s most political statements. Yi and Peng have chosen cedar wood as a central theme of this fragrance’s narrative, as cedar is highly regarded in Lebanon as a national emblem. The scent uses three different kinds of cedar wood as its base note, along with violet leaf and nutty heart notes, and top notes of yuzu, shiso leaf, and black pepper. The packaging for this hand-distilled fragrance is made of raw cedar wood, each bottle uniquely (and painstakingly) hand-cut by the creators in architectural geometry, encasing a 10ml glass bottle of liquid within.” Via Ooga Booga Store
One of my favorite design firms. The 5.5 designers always make surprising pieces. A project with Barcelona’s Chocolate Factory generated these ideas. The Gâteau, a chocolate ”cake” for every taste: each section of the cake-shaped chocolate is a different flavour. Only three molds are used for the production, but flavours can be mixed and matched in many combinations. The honest chocolate, which clearly indicates the amount of calories with the graphics. And the series of chocolate bowls which leads you to the heart of the good taste – the cocoa bean.
Dried fruit boxes from Feito a Mao. You can buy it via Colette. Through a perforation you split the box in two, and you will find two different types of dried fruit, sweet+salted.
The water-shaped bottle by Xiaoli Wen. He has created a series of porcelain bottles shaped by a waterfall. He made silicone rubber moulds of discarded plastic and glass bottles, the moulds were filled with plaster and cured while hanging under flowing water. A small number of bottles were selected which people casually discarded into rivers – bottles of mineral water, Coca-Cola, beer, whisky and gin
Here are words from the designer: ”Water does not have its own shape. It is shaped by its container. Now water wants to change the container’s shape therefore to decide its shape by itself. It is a philosophical thinking about active or passive, change or be changed.” Via Dezeen and MarteLouise.
Two young Swedish guys – Gustav Nisser Henrik Lindholm - have created this idea and just got ranked on Shortcut’s annual entrepreneur list ”Uppstickarna” – for inspirational people below 36. The GreenCup is the alternative to disposable cups; a reusable mug that gets you discounts while at the same time reducing energy usage, wasted resources and litterin. Here is the idea concluded in 3 points;
1. GreenCup creates a network of cafés that all offer the GreenCup mug for sale at a price substantially below market value, as well as a discount when people use their GreenCup mug to buy coffee.
2. To finance this, a section of the GreenCup mugs are offered to environmentally minded companies to market their brand.
3. The consumer, the coffee drinker, well – people like you and me; we then get our hands on these mugs, keep enjoying our coffee at a reduced price and get to help save the environment at almost no effort!
Stuart Haygarth has collected waste that is being washed up on parts of Kent coastline. With this waste he has produced several objects. This chandelier is one of them and is mainly made of plastic objects. It’s incredible how much waste there is along the world’s coastlines, and amazing how Stuart managed to do something as beautiful as this chandelier of the ugly garbage. Read more about his work on Wallpaper.
Tap Water - What I like with this initiative is what it communicates – ”People – Use tap water”. Buying one bottle is enough and then you can have it for in home usage. Good looking bottle for the dinner table
GoGo Squeez, 100 percent fruit no sugar added in a squeeze pouch. For kids on-the-go. The package was originally designed for NASA astronauts. The value is a non-spillage package, you just squeeze out the content through the in-built straw. The first product they put in the package was what they called ”no-mess-applesauce”.
These beautiful products come from Olivier & Co. Chef Giovanni Ciresa from Italy has created the recipes. He says; ”My cooking is full of international influences, however it remains anchored in the Mediterranean tradition; it’s a cuisine that extols the purity of ingredients. Asparagus and cardoons in the spring, squashes, pomegranates, truffles, and chestnuts during the fall season, and all sorts of mushrooms.” They don’t only have food product, but ecological and organic skincare with olive oil as well.
What’s this? Bone? This looks cruel. But as a matter of fact we have these rest products around the globe. And Andrew Ross – a creative soul has done an extensive project about how we could deal with it. The Bone Project has discovered ways to use bone when it’s a waste material. Research was divided between three different areas: perception, properties and fabrication. I would personally like to see more answers around perception; how ethical defendable is this? Would people accept it as they accept leather or red meat? Is leather and meat getting less and less accepted and this would be a step backwards? He developed a whole portfolio of products and during the process he also discovered that bone possesses unique chemical properties. Existing research proposes that ground bone can be used to remediate soil contaminated with heavy metals. However, it should be possible to use whole bone to absorb the toxins released by electronic products, and batteries, upon their disposal. Therefore he designed this battery capsule.
A Consumer Research from Ipsos Marketing, shows that consumers are less interested in food producer’a efforts to develop foods that are unique and fast and easy to prepare. Instead people said that the food should include fresh ingredients and deliver health benefits, AND be packed environmentally friendly. The research was made with more than 23,000 people in 18 countries. Read the article from GreenBiz
The Design Pack Gallery, a museum based in Paris. Exposing different kinds of packaging, all genres. Shown here is part of their 100% recycle, products made of recycled products. For instance they have lamps made of plastic bottles, wallets made of Carton Packages, jewlery made of caps, yes – a whole bunch of nice things. They will also present the winners from Pentawards, in February 2010. Seems like it’s worth a visit.
Dzmitry Samal has made the faceted tin concept on the first picture. And with this concept I would like to bring you into what I think is a fabulous document. This Facet Design Book is a fantastic source of inspiration. Scroll through it and you will probably end up having a bunch of ideas. Beautiful! On the same theme Vitamin Water – new label, with the facet design incorporated in the graphic design. Designed by The Coolhunter. The salt and pepper dispenser, designed by Gregory Buntain. And last Fract Engineered Flowers, by Nimrod Gavish.
The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging is a course lead by Sustainable Packaging Coalition. It´s designed for packaging professionals seeking a deeper understanding of sustainability and how sustainability criteria can be effectively integrated into the packaging development process to enhance the lives of people, lower environmental impact and reduce costs. It´s structured around the SPC’s “Definition of Sustainable Packaging” and provides critical insights, design considerations, and innovative examples from the packaging industry and beyond. October 20-21 in Toronto, and November 17-18 in Denver.
Prestat Chocolate has made this collection called Choxi+ which according to them is a 100% natural chocolate that, because of its careful processing, should be part of a healthy and balanced diet. Rich in antioxidants, it helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Comes in neat carton packages.
When you have a package, you emptied it and something tells you – it’s too nice and considered to be thrown away - then there is a value added. Not only the fact that you may keep the package, but also the fact that this thought crossed your mind. Of course this is not the only answer how to build responsible packaging design in the world. But I think it’s complementary to recyclable and environmentally friendly materials and systems that are being developed. Damn Fine Tea it is, and it’s designed in collaboration with Aesthetic Apparatus.
”In Strategy for Sustainability Adam Werbach shows us how sustainability moves beyond compliance-oriented “green” initiatives to become a key strategy for achieving both competitive advantage and meaningful change. By integrating a systems perspective into business practice and priorities, Werbach lays out a compelling new model for building core business strategy” Gene Kahn, VP, Global Sustainability Officer, General Mills Inc.
Chicago paper tube is making recyclable and biodegradable paper tubes shaped into containers for cosmetic, fragrance, candle and gourmet-food packaging. A good alternative to plastic packaging.
Starbucks has a goal to develop a comprehensive recyclable cup solution by 2012. Today Starbuck´s cups can only be recycled and composted in some communities – far from all. Therefore they have now initiated a cup-recycling program in cooperation with Global Green USA´s Coalition for Resource Recovery. It´s a pilot to test the collection and recycling of coffee cups when combined with old corrugated cardboard, which should be the most extensively recycled material in the U.S. They are looking over the entire system; material usage and design of cups as well as logistic and how to collect them after usage. Pratts Sustainable Design Incubator has helped them with the guidelines. It´s great that a big company like this is investing in this and hopefully giving new opportunities to the entire coffee shop market. Read more on Greener Package
The GreenOps Tracking System, allows for better consumer engagement in the recycling process. The GreenOps Symbol is placed on the packaging and a scanning technology is used to directly engage people through a registration process. Each time you recycle using the GreenOps Tracking Station, you receive a receipt indicating the number of items recycled and a deposit statement with a prize code redeemable for points at Greenopolis.com. The GreenOps Tracking Station also provides a way for companies to engage their consumer through a direct message, on the Tracking Station or on the Tracking Station video screen. Applications are also in development for scanning at home, school and from your mobile phone. Will be interesting to see how this develops further and if it’s easy enough for consumer to apply in their daily life.
Kahina, is based on 100% organic argan oil sourced from the women’s cooperatives of Marocco. They are sourcing rare essential materials from around the world and donating 25% of the profits to women from these regions. Moreover they are dedicated to the protection and preservation of assets for the future. ”This includes the responsible management and stewardship of the lands, peoples, cultures, economies and traditions that we encounter, first doing no harm and hopefully improving these resources” they state on their web site. With a focus on sustainability, the packaging is created from recycled materials and the bottles are made from recyclable glass, which is colored and therefore helps preserving the content. Check out their blog.
Designed in-house for Victoria’s Secret Beauty. Pink Organics is a natural line that uses Post Consumer recycled materials, organic ingredients and peeleable labels for recycling. The company have long been under attack by environmentalists for printing millions of catalogues on paper made by clearcutting Canada’s boreal forests. After a while they changed to FSC-paper. With this organic collection they were taking one important step in the world of responsible product design. Read more on Treehugger