A décor, storage, and cultivation material in one, the Cocoon is a clay-made kitchen item that can work as you fruit storage, a sleek kitchen décor and a cultivation pot for your kitchen window. Since made of clay, Cocoon will absorb water from the cultivation situated on top of the storage and the moment the water evaporates the storage is cooled down, thus keeping your stored items like fruits fresh. With the herbs that can be planted on the cultivation pot, it will now allow you to save some amount of money from your herbs and spices. In addition, the Cocoon comes with a clean glossy finish making it a perfect décor for your modern kitchen interior.
With sustainability in mind, designers from Designaffairs STUDIO have created the Swirl Board, a washer that does not require an electricity to keep working and have it submitted to IGreenSpot.
In developing countries, the simple act of doing the laundry is a lot of effort. The major problems are bad ergonomics (in washing and transporting), distant water supply areas and the burden to carry the heavy laundry to and from the water source.
Swirl is a human focused design that simplifies washing in developing countries. The overall design resembles a ball containing a swirled sphere shaped basket and lid, connected to a steel tube handle. Washing is accomplished through the rotation of the “washing ball” – using long distance travelling to and from water supply to wash the clothes. The user can also wash by just rolling it back and forth in slow rotation cycles. At home, after the basket is filled with clothes, the lid should be screwed and the handle locked in. Transportation can easily be done by pulling or pushing the handle. At the water source, the basket should be filled with water and the product is ready to wash.
Swirl aims to enhance a social cultural relationship between women and children, making washing a fun and easy experience. The spherical design allows it to become a playful object, which stimulates the user´s imagination on how to play with it. With Swirl, doing the laundry becomes easier and fun with just a few steps.
Target: Developing countries
There can nerve be as earth-friendly as recycling wastes. The Ekokook is an earth-friendly kitchen concept designed by the talented designers Victor Massi and Laurent Lebot of Faltazi. In this one of a kidn kitchen design, water is recycled and waste will be broken down by worms inside. The recycling took place through the incorporated storage containers for packing, a reservoir under the sink, which is responsible for the collection of water to be reused and a container that serves as the earthworm’s haven as they break down organic waste. The Ekokook also has the three built-in micro-plants that helps complete the three recycling functions.
We have heard a lot already about eco-friendly trash compactor like the solar powered one. This time around, we have another eco-friendly trash compactor. Hailed as the Smush Can, this eco-friendly trash compactor is a self-powered one. Forget about smashing your trash with your shoes or hands, for the Smush Can has the lid that compact trash, thus allowing this can to hold twice more garbage than the normal trash can, thus saving every household on garbage bags and thus less trashes to our landfills. In addition, the Smush Can also has an expandable and collapsible lid and is durable, sturdy, and is made of elegant stainless steel.
Source: Uncommon Goods
We all wanted to keep our food fresh all the time that is why; we use our refrigerator daily that resulted into a high energy consumption. With the aim to help the users keep his or her food fresh all day long whilst keeping the environment safe, Fiona Morris has created the Eco Fridge. Available in different variety for different need, the eco-fridge has small organizational storage compartments. Aside from the low energy consumption feature, the eco-fridge is futuristic as well with is touch screen remote that is used to control the fridge’s temperature and the interior design is stylish enough and easy to clean.
Keeping a green lifestyle includes the use of reusable plates and the inflatable plates by Mina Song will surely fit in the category. Made of vinyl, the plates can easily be unfolded and inflated to use. Unlike those existing disposable plates that we have, these inflatable plates can be rinse off after use and re-use when needed, thus safe to the environment. It is also lighter than the Styrofoam made disposable plates. It can be deflated and flat fold when not in use and store for future use. Users don’t need to bother throwing these inflatable plates after use, which allows the users to not only save the environment but save some amount of money as well.
Via: Yanko Design
With the growing concern about nature, designer Daniel Mason created the Ice Cool Fridge to show how the future home appliances will definitely look like. The Ice Cool has a look similar to the current fridges that we currently see in the market today. However, Ice Cool has an efficient hybrid cooling technology that causes it to work five times effective than the best refrigerators of today. This effective technology is achievable by storing cooling power for a longer period of passive running. The fridge has drawer compartments that help the cooling technology works. Drawers include a larger drawer inside the door, an ice compartment on top, and a salad drawer at the bottom part of the fridge.
Cooling and keeping our foods fresh takes a lot of energy, which is about 21% of every household. In this regard, German designer Stefan Ulrich has designed a cooling system that will keep our foods fresh and cool for a long time but will not take as much energy as the traditional fridge that we have in our kitchens. The Neff is a portable fridge that collects the leftover energy to keep it charged using a clip system. When the Neff gets fully charged, it can then be removed from its clip system that are placed on either the wall or table and have the Neff placed in an area where the users want to keep their foods cool for a long time.
Minimizing our wastes and maximizing sustainability is what the Flow Kitchen by Studio Gorm is all about. Currently presented in an exhibition titled Call + Response at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Oregon, the Flow Kitchen conserves energy and cooking wastes are recycled to grow and fertilize plants. Like a typical kitchen, the Flow Kitchen works like a natural kitchen whilst utilizing energy, waste, water, and other natural resources efficiently. Drying dishes from a hanging vertical storage rack drip the water onto the herbs and edible plants below. Its double walled terracotta container serves as the refrigerator by keeping the inside cook as the water evaporate through the outer wall. Worms in a composter break down food wastes and the product produced serves as the fertilizer for the herbs.
In addition, the eco-friendly kitchen also features storage jars that are made from unglazed earthenware, dish and utensil drawers for your plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, and other tableware. It also has a bag rack and a gas stovetop.
Compact appliances to save space are now spreading in the market like mushroom. One great example of it is the one of a kind and eco-friendly creation of Inesa Malafej called the Smart Space. As the name suggests, the Smart Space is a washer, shower, and dryer. Occupying only 1 meter by 1 meter space in your house, this three-in-one appliance will surely fit in any small apartment. Aside from its ability to save space, the Smart Space also recycles water making it a truly eco-friendly one. With this wonderful design, one can now easily do the shower while washing their clothes in one place and dry their clothes and themselves as well right after.
Source: Inesa Malafej
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