Nominees 2013

Product category

bionic fire Attika Feuer AG
Design: Attika in-house Design-Team Stefan Stauffacher, Erwin Hauenstein und Global Mind Network GmbH Prof. Dr. Gerdum Enders

Aided by innovative combustion technology and automated bi-metal control, the wood burner achieves combustion values that were previously considered unreachable, and all alongside more straightforward and safe operation. The door closes and locks automatically, while the air inlet and switching logic have self-regulated control for each burning phase. All mechanical parts are accessible and replaceable, and the company’s in-house customer service can be consulted at any time by retailers or customers. The manufacturer guarantees lifetime spare parts availability. Throughout, the design of the fireplace underlines its progressive character: the clean combustion and straightforward operation are matched by light colours and clean lines.

CBPesf 4043 Liebherr-Hausgeräte GmbH
Design: Prodesign Brüssing GmbH & Co. KG Bernd Brüssing

The CBPesf 4043 fridge-freezer combination stands for resource-friendly manufacturing and energy efficiency. It is 20% more economical than the maximum value for class A+++. The two separately adjustable cooling circuits allow the temperature to be controlled precisely and independently in both the fridge and the freezer. The use of high quality refrigeration components ensures a long service life. The production processes are likewise geared towards the efficient utilisation of resources.

Changers Starter Kit Blacksquared GmbH /
Design: nr21 DESIGN GmbH Niklas Galler

The Changers Starter Kit, which consists of a solar panel and a solar battery pack, allows mobile devices to be independently supplied with electricity. The battery stores and circulates green energy and at the same time measures the reduction in CO2 emissions. On the accompanying website, users are awarded with credits for each gram of CO2 saved.

Cpro – eine neue Dimension von Ventilatoren Ziehl-Abegg SE

The shape of a water droplet inspired the developers to create a series of ventilators that are much quieter and require far less energy than conventional products. Because of high loads, production of fan wheels has traditionally depended on the use of metal. Thanks to the new composite material ZAmid, it is now technically feasible to create an ideally shaped fan wheel.

DRAINSTON protect – Abwasserbehandelnder Flächenbelag mit allgemeiner bauaufsichtlicher Zulassung (abZ) des DIBt Berlin GODELMANN GmbH & Co. KG

The DRAINSTON protect surface covering is used for decentralised rainwater management and can be deployed in treatment of heavy metal- and mineral oil-containing rainwater drains. The pollutant capture rate (combined with reversible filtering efficiency) and water permeability of the mixture of crushed stone, grit and hard rock makes the road surfacing suitable for areas with a high to medium degree of contamination.

Elektro-Hubwagen – Der EJE 112i Jungheinrich AG

The EJE 112i electric forklift is the first production-ready forklift with a certified product life cycle assessment and energy-efficient lithium-ion technology. This battery technology is maintenance free and has high energy density. This allows the same amount of energy to be provided with far less space and weight. The innovative briefcase-inspired battery design and the significant improvement in energy efficiency gives 30% lower energy consumption compared to conventional lead-acid battery technology.

Guter Wein – gute Tat
Design: Hayn/Willemeit Media GmbH Markus Hayn, Tobias Willemeit

The label sells a small professionally compiled range of high quality wines via an online shop. The wines are bottled in three-litter wine-skins and packed in specially designed cartons (Bag-in-Box). This innovative
form of packaging provides benefits in transportation, storage and in the shelf life of the opened container.

Hilti TE-YX Hilti AG

The Hilti TE-YX hammer drill for reinforced concrete is manufactured using cold forming – the only drill of its kind on the market. This approach produces no material waste, thereby considerably reducing the environmental impact. The device is 20–35% lighter than a conventional drill because less steel is required to produce an efficient groove. The drill has a considerably longer service life thanks to the high-grade carbide metal drill head and the unique construction that prevents locking upon contact with iron.

LifeCycle Tower - intelligente Lösung für nachhaltigen Städtebau
Cree GmbH

The interdisciplinary research project LifeCycle Tower has been developed as an alternative to conventional structural systems in building engineering. Compared with conventional systems, the flexible and globally applicable timber hybrid construction system for large-scale buildings offers a variety of benefits for the environment, developers and users: a halving of resource use, high energy efficiency and up to 90% savings in CO2. Following dismantling, the life cycle-oriented design and the utilisation of unmixed materials enables straightforward conversion and reuse. The regional production of system elements reduces transport volume and CO2 emissions.

Metro-Plattform Inspiro Siemens AG
Design: BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Munich Studio Tom Allemeier

The focal elements in the development of the metro platform were energy efficiency and environmental acceptability all the way from production up to daily operation, as well as almost complete recyclability (ca. 95%). The weight of a six-car train has been reduced by around 18 tonnes through lightweight construction and a weight-optimised chassis. Particular attention has been paid to the utilisation of already recycled secondary materials as well as an inviting interior design.

Ordnungsmittelserie easy orga to go GREEN Herlitz PBS AG
Design: londonberlin-zielFORM Susanne Ewert und Clemens Koschel

Stationery articles for mobile applications are usually manufactured using virgin plastic. The unique feature of Herlitz products is that they utilise post-consumption plastic materials that have been fed back into the raw material cycle after use. The recovery of used materials conserves finite resources such as mineral oil. Every article in the stationary series – itself certified with the Blue Angel eco-label – is recyclable.

PIXA ANKER Teppichboden Gebr. Schoeller GmbH & Co. KG

The PIXA carpet is made of 100% recycled material. This concerns above all the processing of PET bottles and fishing nets made of polyamide. This manufacturing process achieves savings of 38% in energy in comparison with crude oil-based polyamide materials. Throughout, the design observes the classic laws of measurement, proportion and harmony.

PYUA – Ecorrect Outerwear Sportsman‘s Delight GmbH

PYUA is the first functional clothing brand worldwide to manufacture high-quality winter sports clothing from previously recycled or recyclable materials in the so-called Closed-Loop Recycling System. This system reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions and avoids resource waste. Thee fluorocarbon-free fittings set a high standard, and the polyester laminate CLIMALOOP, which is developed specially for impregnation, is pollutant-free. The accompanying repair service contributes to prolonging the service life.

Recycling-Gebinde J. W. Ostendorf GmbH & Co. KG

The plastic container for wall paints is manufactured using a recyclate of 100% post-consumer material. This includes sorted and recycled used plastics such as polypropylene or polyethylene, which are recycled in Germany in the yellow lightweight packaging bins. Compared to conventional plastic containers, the use of post-consumer material in the manufacture of paint tins reduces CO2 emissions by 50% over the entire product life cycle.

Second Life Rugs – Handgefertigte Upcycling Teppiche
Second Life Rugs Ute Ketelhake

Second Life Rugs are hand-woven soft carpets made from Lana Cotta (pure boiled wool). In the manufacturing of the carpets, production residues from pure virgin wool are knotted together to create unique items. Valuable raw material residues are further processed using an innovative technique before being turned – via upcycling – into a new, high quality and durable product. The carpets are produced in cooperation with social networks, workshops or disadvantaged groups.

Trippen Closed-Kollektion Trippen A. Spieth, M. Oehler GmbH

The objective of the Trippen Closed Collection was to develop a shoe that is both aesthetically and anatomically correct as well as durable. This is intended to provide a counterweight to increasingly shorter product life cycles in the shoe industry. The models are designed in such a way that individual components can be replaced and renewed. For example, outsoles are not glued but are double-stitched. The manufacturer also offers a repair service. Production takes place in the company’s own facilities in Germany and Italy, thus guaranteeing compliance with high environmental and social standards.

ZAwheel – Elektromobilität der Zukunft Ziehl-Abegg SE

The ZAwheel for commercial vehicles is an electric drive that sits in the middle of the wheel. This wheel hub drive raises efficiency to 90% in contrast to 20 to 30% in an internal combustion engine. Moreover, the lack of gears or differential makes it more efficient than other electric drives. It can be easily incorporated (retrofitted) into existing buses. The high energy savings, the noise- and fine particle reduction as well as CO2- and NO2-free line operation speak for themselves.

Service category

Design: GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH

The SOLARKIOSK is conceived as an independent energy source for rural populations in developing countries. Customers can use the kiosk to recharge their mobile phones, listen to the radio, cool medicines or purchase solar lamps. This does away with the need for harmful kerosene lamps or diesel generators for nighttime illumination. The kiosk can operate for three days after only five hours of sunshine.

Take Back System I:Collect AG

The Take Back system makes it possible to include and retain textiles and shoes in a closed material cycle. In cooperation with trading companies, about 1,000 tonnes daily of disused textiles and shoes are recycled in a professional, transparent and above all environmentally friendly manner. Throughout, all legal requirements and ethical guidelines are fully observed.

Zeit statt Zeug Scholz & Volkmer GmbH
Design: Scholz & Volkmer GmbH Jörg Waldschütz, Michael Volkmer, Martin Schwember, Ann-Kristin Heier

The online platform (‘time not trash’) appears to be an ordinary gift shop, but instead of products, the gift is of shared time. Here, typical consumer products are replaced by a gift of time. The beneficiary receives a voucher with a time or date that can be redeemed and confirmed on the website. In this way it is possible, for example, to give the gift of forest air instead of perfume.

Concepts category

Revolver – Personal Wind Turbine frog design Europe GmbH
Design: frog design Europe GmbH Paul Bradley, Jonas Damon, David Gustafson, Jinseok Hwang, Brian Wasson und Ryan Wickre

Even in the lightest of breezes this wind turbine can produce up to 35 watts – enough power for a laptop, mobile phone and a lamp. The four curved Darrieus turbine blades are opened with a single motion of the hand. Steel pins ensure that the tripod is securely attached to the ground during strong winds. The turbine is as large as an umbrella, meaning that transportation and storage is easy.

Young Talent category

cubile – stromlose Lagermöglichkeit für frische Lebensmittel
Anne Ziegler
Hochschule Wismar

The cubile storage vessels are designed for optimum cooling and storage of foodstuffs by means of evaporation-based cooling. The double-walled refrigerated containers are particularly suitable for foodstuffs that are sensitive to cold, which lose their aroma in cooler temperatures, or which are intended to ripen in the short term. The approach allows the refrigerator to be reduced to a minimum size, and the powerless supply models can be freely combined according to number and size.

Integrated Urban Morphologies
Florian Krampe, Christopher Voss
Universität Stuttgart

In recent decades there has been an increase in energy and climate requirements for buildings. Early in the design process, the Integrated Urban Morphologies design program utilises computer-based form generation techniques to model these complex requirements. This enables the planning of buildings that use their shape to respond intelligently to their energetic and climatic conditions. The subsequent algorithm enables the definition of design parameters such as plot area, maximum height and desired number of utilisation units (e.g. apartments or offices), and for the automatic generation of design variations.

KOMPLOTT salznpfeffer Communication Design GbR
Design: Janina Prenzing, Iven Sohmann
Fachhochschule Potsdam

The KOMPLOTT series of stickers appeals to the ecological awareness of everyday environmental sinners – not with a raised finger, but in a way that is unconventional, visually appealing, informative and amusing. Although initially designed for the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, the majority of the motifs are also conceivable for use in other facilities such as offices, medical practise, schools and at home.

Julia Oberndörfer
Fachhochschule Potsdam

The Luftpaket is a reusable mailing bag that is incorporated into a recycling loop. The bag comprises a packaging sleeve that is available in various sizes and which can flexibly adapt to its contents. This reduces volume, above all for fragile shipping goods. Storage space during transportation can thus be utilised more effectively. The Luftpaket avoids unnecessary waste through the use of air as cushioning and through its inclusion in a deposit system.

Michelle Mohr
Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

The carpet and blanket collection MATERIALSTORY uses exclusively untreated wool from local shepherds. This wool is often disposed of after shearing due to falling world market prices. The objective of MATERIALSTORY is to rehabilitate this valuable resource and to create a win-win situation for shepherds and the environment. Newly interpreted handcraft techniques are purposely applied in order to create a unique aesthetic.

My Way. Materialstudie - Kiefernnadeln.
Katharina Jebsen
Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

This materials study examines the potential of pine needles as a source of fibres for the production of textile materials using various ecologically sound techniques and optimally natural additives such as Ruislip. The resulting fabrics and yarns could find application in the interiors- and clothing sector. The benefits offered by the development of pine needles include their regional origin and the compostability of some of the substances.

Nachhaltige Produktbeziehungen
Friederike Glaser und Joyce Moore
Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd

Due to a lack of access to components, it is possible only extremely rarely for products to be repaired by the actual users. The concept uses showcase products to demonstrate that ‘design for care and repair’ is both possible and feasible. For example, a kettle designed on these lines can be disassembled into all of its individual components thanks to click-together connections. The heating element, cable and electronics can be replaced if defective.

Pumpipumpe – ein analoges Sharing System
METEOR Collectif Sabine Hirsig, Ivan Mele, Lisa Ochsenbein

Pumpipumpe is committed to a conscious approach to consumer goods and to greater social interaction in the neighbourhood. Encouragement should be given to the concept of borrowing and lending those possessions that are otherwise rarely used. This won’t happen on the Internet; instead, stickers on mailboxes – which neighbours pass by every day – is the means of bringing this idea to life. In this way, neighbours can meet up to borrow tools or kitchen appliances, and can thus can be freed from having to own these items. Share more, buy less and thereby help protect the environment – this is the Pumpipumpe principle.

Bernhard Meyer
Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd

Smartbox is a transportation solution for bikes that enables the safe transportation of both small and large items. It can be flexibly adapted beyond the dimensions of a standard bicycle basket to fit the size of the transported goods. This enables the bike to be used more frequently for transportation, and relinquishes the need for a car or other motorised vehicle.

Esther Bätschmann
ESMOD BERLIN Internationale Kunsthochschule für Mode

STARTKLAR is a cradle-to-cradle collection for men and women. The style is defined by clear lines and bold colours. All garments are made using certified Cradle-to-Cradle materials and are recyclable without residue, either in a technical or biological cycle. The use of these special materials has necessitated the development of intelligent solutions for interlinings & linings, among challenges. STARTKLAR stands for durable fashion with cuts that allow the items to be stress-resistant whilst retaining their shape. Waste is avoided in both the choice of materials and in the manufacturing process, resulting in products that are of high quality in both style and value.

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