Carpet samples contribute an estimated 1 million pounds of waste to America’s landfills every year. They are also expensive to produce—$250–500 each, a cost mills are forced to swallow as a loss leader. A cost-effective and environmentally sensitive alternative, SIM digitally models carpet and textiles for manufacturers when prototyping new designs and for architects and designers when reviewing samples in the early stages of a project.
The Mountain Sneaker is a part of the Greenscapes Collection, a line of casual footwear and apparel that uses earth-conscious materials and construction methods without sacrificing style and function. Recognizing that outdoor consumers have become more concerned about environmental performance, the company ensured that the Mountain Sneaker received a Green Index rating (a sustainability rating system that assesses the environmental impact of products) at least 50 percent better than its other products.
The Tesla Roadster is a high-performance, electric-powered sports car that hopes to radically change public perception about what an electric vehicle could be. It produces zero emissions and has a 250 mile range on a single charge and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. While styling was of paramount importance, with an emphasis on performance and timeless beauty, avoiding any association with the legacy of odd-looking electric vehicles was an imperative.
The Mobility Vision Integration Process (mVIP) investigates ways that expert designers can support and accelerate dialogue about the future of sustainable mobility. These mVIP cards are an experimental tool that supports rapid future scenario development on the topic of sustainable mobility so that groups and individuals can quickly enter a dialogue and brainstorm about possible outcomes, solutions and strategies. The deck contains 109 cards in 11 categories and is also available as an online brainstorming tool.
The lite2go is a sustainably-designed household lamp that sheds the excess of packaging by eliminating it all together. The packaging becomes the shade for the energy-saving light bulb and electric cord contained within. It is designed to be versatile, used as either a pendant or a table lamp. The manufacturing process is simple and all components can be disassembled and are biodegradable or recyclable.
Most households in rural India depend on biomass fuels for cooking, which leads to indoor air pollution, causing respiratory diseases among women and children. Traditional stoves are inefficient; they blacken interior walls while indoor smoke kills more than 1.5 million people globally. The Chulha low smoke stove burns biomass fuel more efficiently (reducing cooking time) while it directs smoke out of the house through a chimney chamber. The stove is made in modular units, solving logistical and maintenance issues.
Treepac is a reusable shipping container intended to replace cardboard boxes for shipping. The pack is meant to be used like a cardboard box, but it is designed to enable and encourage people and companies to improve their personal environmental footprint. The more times each pack is used, the greater the positive effect on the environment.
The LR6 is a dimmable LED lighting retrofit product for residential or commercial use. The LR6 installs in most incandescent 6" recessed cans and provides greater light output than a 65-watt incandescent bulb with equivalent or better light quality, while consuming only 12 watts of power and without using toxic mercury. The LR6 was designed to last for 50,000 hours (up to 25 years of typical residential use) while maintaining at least 70 percent of its initial light output. It is easy for everyday consumers to install as it does not require an electrician.
These original and unique business cards express the company's identity and show its commitment to sustainability and ecoinvention. The concept behind the design is focused on reuse and recycling of long-life packaging and other cartonboard. The water drop logo reflects the company's brand identity, allowing for maximum paper utilization.
Nearly 3 billion people worldwide cook meals indoors over fires fueled by biomass (wood, crop waste and animal dung). This stove, designed and manufactured for sale and distribution throughout India, burns biomass fuels more efficiently than traditional cooking methods. It reduces toxic emissions up to 80 percent, burns hotter and cuts fuel consumption by as much as half.