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Projects with a focus on waste are as diverse as our ability to produce it. In this year’s se-lection we highlighted research aimed at developing advanced and more durable bio-materials, proposals to adopt circular design principles in manufacturing, solutions to make single-use packaging a thing of the past and new designs for self-sufficient energy solutions. Together, these projects make us acutely aware of the traces we leave on the planet as we go about our lives, and of our responsibility to limit our impact on the envi-ronment.

Nina

Nina

Sports

Santa Monica College

Wearable device and app to monitor recovery from injury at home

PAPILIO

PAPILIO

University of the Arts Berlin (UdK – Berlin)

A self-sustaining street lamp using wind power

Pili Seal

Pili Seal

Reuse of waste materials

Mapúa University

Sustainable sealant for the aviation industry from Pili Tree Resin production’s waste

REALITY – the future of footwear

REALITY – the future of footwear

3D Printing

Imperial College London

Extending the usable lifespan of footwear with self-healing, 3D printed biodegradable shoe soles

t-Plates

t-Plates

Reuse of waste materials

ECAL, Lausanne University of Art and Design

Reusable packaging and tableware to reduce waste from the food delivery industry

The Disappearing Package

The Disappearing Package

Consumption and waste

Lund University

Clothes packaging that dissolves in the washing machine

BIZÙ

BIZÙ

Children

Howest, de Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (HOWEST)

Long lasting baby shoes that grow along with their feet

Bacterial cellulose for architecture

Bacterial cellulose for architecture

Biomaterials

Technical university in Liberec

Developing architectural components based on biomaterials generated by bacterial growth

Babybo

Babybo

Children

ECAL, Lausanne University of Art and Design

A portable and adaptable baby nest made from safe biomaterials

AlgoBio

AlgoBio

Safety

University of Waterloo

Sustainable, non toxic, flame retardant compound for industrial products

WEEE lights

WEEE lights

E-waste minimization

Loughborough University

Using electronic waste to produce sustainable, low cost lighting solutions

Treated Medical Waste Concrete

Treated Medical Waste Concrete

New materials

University of Buraimi

Transforming treated medical waste into composite concrete for the construction industry