Through investing in design Welsh Industry can contribute to a more sustainable society. This is best evidenced through looking at businesses designing products with more innovative features and reduced environmental and social burden. One such example is Orangebox, a Welsh furniture design company with whom the Ecodesign Centre have worked closely since 2007. Orangebox are a sustainability focused and design-led business whose innovative products are multi-award winning. Orangebox as a business are committed to investing in ecodesign which considers the full life cycle impacts of products and processes (from raw material extraction to end of life treatment).Tweet Read More
Watching the salterbaxter infographics on food waste made me wonder what role packaging plays in creating all this waste. For me the infographic demonstrates that we need to redesign the whole systems in order to get rid of waste. But if we were to just look at individual components such as packaging how would they look different to the current traditional designs. I’ve pulled together some latest developments in packaging to get a better understanding of what makes packaging sustainable.
I presented at Business In The Community’s annual Mayday Summit last week. The key message I wanted to communicate was the value of creativity, through design and innovation, in delivering a Zero Waste Wales. The evolution of Orangebox’s product portfolio clearly demonstrates design as both a tool and a strategy for waste reduction across the lifecycle of a product.Tweet Read More
The ‘do’ chair is the latest in a line of ecodesign-led products from Welsh contemporary office seating company, Orangebox, who are no ordinary seating company. They take their environmental and social responsibility seriously. They care, and design accordingly. In fact design is at the core of their business model.
The ‘do’ chair is their most impressive offering yet. It looks great, has been designed to carefully consider its full life cycle (through to strategies for reuse), and shows without any doubt that ecodesign and good design are one and the same thing. The chair has a clear focus on less materials, parts and product miles without any compromise on style, quality or functionality.
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I recently attended the INSPIRING MATTER innovative encounters between science, art and design hosted by the RCA‘s Materials for Living Hub and the Materials and Design Exchange of the MATERIALS KTN. The event brought scientists, artists, designers, anthropologists and material enthusiasts in general together to ‘facilitate dialogue’ across material related disciplines.
Materials are products. I’m not a material scientist, I am a design-researcher and I understand the difference between a good product and a bad one. This idea of a material being a product is not a new one, but there is a new level of material control or design intent that is available to us now that has not been previously. We can design materials to behave in unique and innovative ways that suit our visions and whims. We can create responsive materials, e-paper, and even, materials that appear to be invisible. It is clear that material science is undergoing some evolution. I see this from a number of perspectives . . .Tweet Read More
This week I was delighted to attend the launch event of the Materials for Living exhibition, which is showcasing the work of selected RCA materials research at parliament. The exhibition is on display at the House of Commons, is sponsored by Coca Cola and run in conjunction with Policy Connect‘s APDIG (Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group) and the APSRG (Associate Parliamentary Sustainability and Resources Group). The event was hosted by Barry Sheerman MP with speeches from Dr. Paul Thompson rector of the RCA and Patrick McGuirk, Recycling Director at Coca Cola.
The morning session started with the first speaker Chris Lefteri. He demonstrated the benefits that can be generated from switching a project’s approach from a traditional one, where material is chosen in a later stage, to a material centered approach, where the project starts with the material. In fact this approach; starting from an understanding of materials’ properties and qualities, can lead to unusual and unexplored project solutions and applications, re-contextualising materials into new and different sectors.Tweet Read More