Posted on 31.08.2016
Water - the problem and a solution
One of the first products submitted to the People’s Design Lab website was the ‘packed water glass’, nominated for the Russian Doll Award, an example of excess packaging taken to the extreme. The use of non-recyclable single use packaging for such a small amount of water epitomises the wasteful mentality many products are designed with. Where branding and product marketing play a far bigger role than any consideration for what happens next.
Posted on 01.08.2016
The Curse of Sachets in Asia: why western companies should be held accountable
On the morning of Saturday 16th of July some of Zero Waste Europe’s staff took part in their first Philippines beach cleanup. It was only 8am, and a swarm of volunteers were already in action on Freedom Island’s beach, armed with bags and gloves to clear the sand from layers and layers of garbage carried downstream into the Manila bay from all the small canals and rivers crossing the megalopolis.
Posted on 01.07.2016
The People's Design Lab UK
The People’s Design Lab in the UK was a response to the frustration people experience when they are trying to avoid waste. All too often, bad product design means that there is no option but to throw things away. The Lab was created so that rather than feeling powerless to change the situation, people could come together to create a strong, constructive voice for better design.
Posted on 30.06.2016
"Imperishable" washing machine presents a new model for household appliances
‘White goods’ have made up a significant portion of the waste for many years now. With extremely high levels of energy embedded in their manufacture, and increasingly rare minerals and resources required, their often short life-cycles have remained a scandal. Now, French designers seek to challenge this; their product named 'L’Increvable' (Imperishable) has been lauded for its vastly improved life-time and repairable technologies.
Posted on 30.06.2016
30 Year Sweatshirt offers an alternative to 'fast fashion'
‘Fast fashion’ where disposable and low quality clothing is replaced on an ever increasing cycle of changing styles and trends has been heavily criticised for the negative impact which it has on the environment, workers rights and consumers pockets. Now a young designer is putting forward a radical alternative.