Telles is maker of Mirel, a bioplastic (polyhydroxyalkanoate or PHA) made through the fermentation of sugar. It can be biodegraded by the microbes present in natural soil or water environments. Check out the spec sheet on this stuff. It’s a lot stiffer that I was expecting.
These little cone-shaped things are used to hold planted seedlings in wetland restoration projects. These eventually disintegrate under water.
SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics) has a wealth of information available to designers. While some of it is written towards and engineer, many of these materials are great reference guides for industrial designers. Much of this stuff is based on the old GE Plastics design guides that I used for so many years. They’re really well-written and great to have on hand.
This issue of David Report is a checklist for sustainability. We will not provide all of the answers, but we will on the other hand ask a lot of questions – one of the most important ways to acquire knowledge. You will also find thoughtful quotes and best practise examples. One thing is for sure – sustainability is not about doing nothing.
BioThinking means looking at the world as a single system, and developing new ecology-derived techniques for industrial, organizational and sustainable design.
Edwin Datschefski is a consultant in the UK who trains companies and people in environmental management and sustainable product design. Hi site features a section on BioThinking for Product Design that features a lot of good articles on sustainability in product development and how to get there.
Product Display Room: Metal and plastic nameplates and trim manufactured in our facilities in the US and Europe are featured here. See products representing industries as diverse as cosmetics, electronics, appliance, automotive and recreational goods.
The Invincible mood board is part of a series of seven sample presentation boards created by Northern Engraving that focus on different themes and feature their wide array of aluminum finishes for their nameplates, trim and graphics products.
It’s IkeaHacker plus: Spain’s Yonoh Studio issued a challenge for designers to view their local Ikea not as a retailer, but as a source of raw materials. The idea is to then design and build a new object using parts bought at Ikea. Seen above, a variable-height desk lamp made from a rag-hanging rack and a light fixture.
I love this stuff… I mean honestly, who DOESN’T love taking gadgets apart and seeing what makes the tick and how they’re put together? It’s one of the more common childhood stories you hear from fellow product designers… Like whenever something broke at my house growing up, it would always come to me first. Could I always put it back together? Well, that’s another story… anyways, it was already broken when I got it.