Collective Appetite

Cradle to Cradle Announces 2017 Winners

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of the 5th Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, in collaboration with Autodesk and Arconic Foundation. This is the fifth in an initial series of six circular design challenges continuing into 2018 to envision viable product design solutions for the circular economy using Cradle to Cradle product design principles.

To date, the challenge series has received more than 466 entries from 406 designers in 30 countries. This latest challenge attracted 94 entries from 141 designers in 17 countries.

The 2017 winners are:

  • Best Student Project & Best Use of Aluminum: MyEcoWall by Caterina Vianna and Ferran Gesa, EINA, University School of Design and Art, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Best Professional Project: Plano Chair by Brandes en Meurs, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Best Student Use of Autodesk Fusion 360: S(h)aving the World Personal Razor by RIT Engineers for a Sustainable World, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
  • Best Professional Use of Autodesk Fusion 360: LOOP Supply Medusa Spool by Bartłomiej Gaczorek, Custom Shapes, Poland
  • Best Use of Cradle to Cradle Certified Materials: Scout Rain Jacket by Alexandria Jones, Jordan Jones, Natalie Ouma and Melissa Shuford, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA

“The C2C Certified Product Standard is poised to become the verification and quality standard for materials and products made for the circular economy,” says William McDonough, co-founder of the C2C Products Innovation Institute. “The C2C Product Design Challenge thus offers designers and students the opportunity to explore the application of C2C Certified materials and design principles with the circular economy in mind.”

“Continued engagement from the global design community in this fifth challenge demonstrates a collective appetite for opportunities to reconsider the way we design and make products from a place of abundance, while eliminating the concept of waste,” says Lewis Perkins, president of the C2C Products Innovation Institute.

The sixth Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge will open for entries in September 2017.