INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

IDSA Members Win Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge

Three IDSA members are among the top winners of the third Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, presented by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk, and made possible by Alcoa Foundation. 138 individuals or teams from 19 countries submitted 79 entries in the competition, which challenges design students and professionals to apply Cradle to Cradle principles to conceptualize and develop product solutions that can help drive the circular economy.

Participants had to complete a free course, Designing Cradle to Cradle Certified Products for the Circular Economy. “We launched the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge to help the global design community approach the issue of limited global resources as an opportunity for product innovation,” says Lewis Perkins, president of the institute. “Winners are outstanding examples of the way young designers and design professionals alike are stepping into the crux of this revolution, using Cradle to Cradle principles to pioneer ideas for innovative materials applications and, in turn, the circular economy.”

Each winner or winning team receives a cash prize of $2,000:

Best Student Project: MODS
Quang Pham, S/IDSA, a Virginia Tech student, created MODS, a modular shoe, in response to the millions of pairs of shoes that end up in landfills each year, where they can take 30-40 years to decompose. MODS shoes can be customized and updated as the shoe deteriorates without using glue. Made with bamboo and wool textiles and recycled PET fiber, MODS consist of five modular units that use the minimal amount of material needed for maximum comfort and security while giving the user full control of the shoe’s aesthetic and functionality.

Best Use of Fusion 360: OLI 
Virginia Tech student Claire Davis, S/IDSA, designed OLI, a convenient, elegant and intelligent solution for food waste that highlights the value of minimizing biological waste (food), as well as the reduction of material waste through its considered approach to the product system and design for disassembly. 474 pounds of food waste are generated by every household per year on average. OLI increases the percentage of landfill waste that is composted and returned to cycle in the biosphere. Davis also won one full pass, including travel, to Autodesk University.

Best Use of Aluminum: Huba 
Developed by Michal Holcer, IDSA, and Malgorzata Blachnicka, Huba is a self-sufficient, compact mountain shelter that generates its own energy through a vertical wind turbine. Roof tiles collect rain water to be turned into drinking water. Huba offers a potential solution for other housing applications for the homeless or in emergency situations.

Best Professional Project: Banana Stem Fiber Packaging 
Brayan Stiven Pabón Gómez and Rafael Ricardo Moreno Boada of Colombia developed Banana Stem Fiber Packaging to transform a geographically abundant material into sustainable food packaging.

The fourth Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge opens for entries in September 2016.