Read: How to Transform the Textiles Economy

It’s high time we shake up the destructive take-make-dispose textile model and transform it into a circular one that’s better for people and environment. This report tells us how. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, textile production contributes 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year—more than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Add to that the leaching of …

Alleviating Poverty and Disability with a Hand-Operated Tricycle

Maker: A team of industrial design students from Carleton University Challenge: An estimated 5-6 million people in Uganda are living with disabilities, and studies reveal that those living with disabilities are most likely living in poverty as well (source).  As a result, these individuals not only face the challenge of providing basic necessities for themselves, but they also “face the cultural stigma …

Read: Using Design Thinking to Eradicate Poverty Creation

In this Stanford Social Innovation Review article, authors Martin Kirk, Jason Hickel, and Joe Brewer challenge the  prevalent development project model for tackling social problems and call for a new, whole-systems approach that puts design thinking in center. “Right now, the question development organizations ask is, ‘How can we eradicate poverty?’ Good design thinking, on the other hand, would tell you to start with the more fundamental question, …

The Empowerment Plan: Breaking the Homelessness Cycle with a Coat

Maker: The Empowerment Plan Challenge: “Veronika Scott was inspired to start The Empowerment Plan when a class at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit challenged her to create a product to fill an actual need in her community. Veronika took to the issue of homelessness and began spending time at a nearby warming center where the design for the EMPWR …

Watch: Fashion Industry Innovator Paul Dillinger Shares His Story

Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation at Levi Strauss & Co is challenging fashion industry standards and helping reimagine a new, sustainable design method and business model. In this video by the Aspen Institute, Dillinger tells his story about challenging industry standards, and his current work rewriting the rules for sustainability and design in fashion and at Levis. You can also learn more about Dillinger’s …

What Does Landscape Architecture Have to do with the SDGs?

Quite a lot, actually. More than the creator of beautiful outdoor spaces, a landscape architect employs systems-thinking on a daily basis— designing spaces that maintain balance and harmony between the built and natural environments while at the same time fulfilling the myriad of objectives stipulated by their design briefs. An engaging botanical garden which restores an abandoned city lot, while at the same time maximizing …

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 …

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 …