OutDry Extreme Eco: The Environmentally Friendly Rain Jacket

MAKER: Columbia CHALLENGE: Conventional rain jackets repel water by incorporating synthetic compounds known as PFCs. PFCs have been used for decades as Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatments on the surface of outdoor clothing, equipment and footwear… Due to the incredible strength of this bond, PFCs don’t break down readily in the environment. They have even been found to be bio-accumulative in animals …

Peepoople: Design Solution for Sanitation & Food Security

MAKER: Peeopoople CHALLENGE: Today, more than 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. At this moment, 40% of the world’s population lack access to even the simplest latrine. SOLUTION: Peepoo is a personal, single-use, self-sanitising, fully biodegradable toilet that prevents faeces from contaminating the immediate area as well as the surrounding ecosystem. After use, Peepoo turns into valuable fertiliser that …

The Ocean Cleanup: Capturing Plastics with Passive Design

MAKER: Boyan Slat and the Ocean Cleanup Foundation  CHALLENGE: Millions of tons of plastic are collecting in our oceans, resulting in damaged ecosystems and corrupted food chains. The Great Pacific garbage patch, located within the North Pacific Gyre, is estimated to be as much as 15,000,000 square kilometers in size. A traditional cleanup approach is estimated to take thousands of years to complete and billions of dollars. SOLUTION: Boyan Slat …

Why Oslo Manifesto? The Founding Story.

It all started in Oslo on November 17, 2015, at the Framtanker conference hosted by The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA). The room was full of design students, sustainability leaders, and fashion visionaries from around the world. The discussion was about the critical role that design, architecture, and city planning play in the creation of a sustainable world. How can we …

FreshPaper: Reducing Waste and Improving Access to Fresh Food

MAKER: Kavita Shukl, founder of social enterprise Fenugreen CHALLENGE: We lose over 25% of our world’s food supply to spoilage. SOLUTION: Natural produce saver sheets infused with organic spices that keep fruits & veggies fresh for up to 2-4x longer. FreshPaper sheets are designed to be dropped into any existing packaging, fridge drawer or fruit bowl filled with produce – a simple, intuitive …

MOYO: The Fast Fetal Heart Rate Monitor Saving Lives

MAKER: Laerdal Global Health, a non-profit company CHALLENGE: Stillbirths and early neonatal death due to birth asphyxia is estimated to account for two million perinatal deaths every year. In low- and middle-income countries where 98-99% of these deaths occur, there is often neither sufficient staff nor equipment to monitor fetal heart rate according to guidelines. SOLUTION: Moyo can detect the fetal heart …

What is Human-Centered Design?

If you want to create successful solutions and real impact through your designs, keep the people you intend to serve at the heart of your process, every step of the way.  This is what Human-centered design tells us. As defined by IDEO.org, an international design and consulting firm working to improve people’s lives through design, Human-centered design is a three-phase process all about “building a deep empathy …

Biomimicry: Adopting Proven, Sustainable Solutions Inspired by Nature

What if the sustainable solutions we’ve been seeking have existed in front of us all this time? According to biomimicry, that’s exactly the case. All around us in our environment and its systems, in the plants and animals and insects, we see evidence of perfectly executed, and perfectly sustainable, design, architecture, planning, and engineering. The Biomimicry Institute is a superb resource for learning …

Handbook: The Basics of Using Natural Dyes

The synthetic dyes widely used in the fashion industry are hazardous for the environment, consumers, and the people who work with them. According to the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, making the switch to natural dyes is a unique opportunity. “Natural dyes open up possibilities for a more diverse and locally derived colour palette for design practice and one which is not dependent …