Nominees 2015

Product category

Casio XJ-V1 data projector
CASIO Europe GmbH
Design: CASIO Computer Co. Ltd., Design Center, Product Design Department

The mercury-free XJ-V1 data projector uses a hybrid laser-LED light source with a light intensity of 2,700 AL, and features outstanding energy efficiency and a long service life. In comparison with mercury lamps, it is possible to achieve energy savings of up to 50 percent, meaning that the lamp does not require replacement as with conventional devices. Thanks to ‘Quick Start & Stop’, the projector can be switched on and off during presentations, eliminating uneconomical and time-consuming warm-up or cool-down periods.

CHAINGLIDER Bosch Gen II & Hebie
Hebie GmbH & Co. KG

The CHAINGLIDER Bosch Gen II was designed specifically with E-bikes in mind. In contrast to conventional systems, the chain guard is positioned directly on the chain, thereby extending its service life. And thanks to intelligent locking mechanisms, the guard can be mounted without tools. Efficient design and complete protection make cycling more comfortable and safe. Excepting the sprocket, the CHAINGLIDER is constructed using certified plastic and is recyclable, while the design eliminates the need for finishing- and logistics processes for attachment parts.

CHANCE OF RAIN - Style & Functionality for the Urban Cyclist
Chance of Rain
Design: Antoniya Ivanova

CHANCE OF RAIN manufacture fashionable and functional clothing for urban cyclists. A variety of utilisation possibilities enable reduced consumption with greater flexibility. The raincoats are made of 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton and are impregnated with paraffin wax, making them breathable, windproof and waterproof. Reflective elements improve security. The collection is manufactured in Germany, the fabrics are from Switzerland and the organic cotton derives from the United States.

Sunlumo Technology GmbH
Design: Max Wesle, Sunlumo | ID

The Eine-Welt-Solar-Kollektor (‘One World Solar Collector’) was conceived as a low-cost solution for the global energy supply, making solar heat-based production of energy a matter of course. The low production costs make it of particular interest for emerging and developing countries. Unlike similar panels of metal and glass, which require high quantities of energy-intensive materials such as copper and aluminium, the Eine-Welt-Solar-Kollektor is made entirely of plastic.

Engel - Sports
Engel GmbH

The functional garments from the Engel Sports brand are made almost entirely using merino virgin wool and silk. No environmentally harmful substances or manufacturing processes are used along the entire value creation chain. The concept emphasises adherence to social standards, the avoidance of unnecessary transport, and animal welfare. The antibacterial properties of the wool-silk mixture naturally counteract odours, which in turn leads to savings in detergents over the lifetime of the garment.

FREITAG lab. ag

Following their iconic courier bags made from disused truck tarpaulins, the Freitag brothers are now producing durable work pants, work dresses, T-shirts, longsleeves and concept bags from hemp and flax. In terms of water consumption and transport routes, the life cycle assessment of the European bast fibres is significantly better than that of cotton. After being worn, the clothes can be biologically degraded without residues. The trouser buttons can be unscrewed and reused.

Bicycle trailer H tour (Hinterher tour) Fahrradanhänger
Design: Peter Hornung-Sohner

In just a few seconds, the H tour bike trailer can be transformed from trailer to handcart to travel trolley to luggage cart to cycle rickshaw to shopping companion – and can be stored away just as quickly. The trailer is suitable as a means of transport for both families and craftspeople, and helps to encourage a shift away from cars and towards bicycles. The chassis has a long service life and is fully recyclable, while parts replacement requires only a single tool.

Hilti X-Change module (X-CM)
Hilti AG

The Hilti X-Change module is an innovative solution for drills that separates drill bits into two components: a ring and a main body. Because the customer can use the main body with a variety of rings, the system saves more than 50 percent in weight, materials and waste, all while maintaining maximum stability. Transport and storage costs are also reduced. In contrast to conventional drill bits, it is estimated that over a period of five years, the system could save 12,000 tonnes of steel (equivalent to approximately 1.5 Eiffel Towers) and approximately 24,000 tons of CO2.

KLAFS Sauna Lounge
Design: Henssler & Schultheiss Fullservice Productdesign GmbH

Uniquely for sauna construction, the KLAFS element- and solid wood cabins, which are made of spruce and hemlock, carry the ‘Blue Angel’ ecolabel. The KLAFS Sauna LOUNGE is inspired by Zen, and aims at emotional relaxation through the use of clear forms and straightforward elegance. A ten-year on-site warranty for the cabins and high quality features make the sauna a lifetime investment. Energy savings of up to 40 percent during sauna bathing can be achieved with the optional KLAFS GREEN SAUNA bundle.

Ladestation Berlin
Ebee Smart Technologies GmbH
Design: e27

The Ladestation Berlin filling station for electric vehicles is mounted on lamp posts and feeds off their connection to the mains grid. Through the use of existing infrastructures, electric mobility can be easily and inexpensively expanded into cities, while the design blends harmoniously into the urban space. The charging stations thus contribute to emission-free mobility, improved air quality, lower CO2 emissions, the minimisation of particulate air pollution, and reduced noise.

Carus retrofit – Material-efficient LED lighting
Carus GmbH & Co. KG

At the Fronhausen an der Lahn production site, the family-owned company Seidel operates one of the world’s first fully automated production lines for LED lamps. LED bulbs are resource-saving, energy-saving, have a long service life, and are hard-wearing. In addition to short delivery routes, Carus is notable for material savings of up to 65 percent and the elimination of mercury, glue and other pollutants, which in turn enormously increases recyclability.

LangerChen – Urban functional jackets made from natural fibres
it's organic Handels GmbH
Design: Philipp Langer

The urban outdoor jacket collection can be worn across the seasons and is inspired by the mobility of city life. LangerChen has largely dispensed with synthetic oil-based materials and instead uses organic cotton laminated with a high-tech membrane, which provides breathable weather protection against wind and rain. The production of the clothing line in their own company in China is socially equitable and sustainable – local workers receive fair wages for regular working hours.

Schindler 3300 solar elevator
Schindler Deutschland AG & Co. KG

The Schindler 3300 Solar is a passenger elevator that runs up to 100 percent using solar energy. Through energy management, solar energy is used to power the elevator while simultaneously charging an energy storage system. Here, energy generated by the lift is captured for later use, for example during braking. In battery mode, the lift can manage up to 400 journeys. Because the lift is available independently of mains power, this helps conserve environmental resources and increases urban mobility.

StoCalce Functio moisture-buffering plaster
Sto SE & Co. KGaA

StoCalce Functio is a mineral moisture-buffering plaster on the basis of lime, which can absorb around 50 percent more moisture than clay and thus help to contribute to a healthy indoor climate. The plaster can be transformed into coloured surfaces using natural stone- and marble powder. The system combines the proven properties of lime products with the advantages of traditional clay plasters. Production uses regional raw materials and is energy- and resource-efficient, as well as emission-free.

BEZAKTIV GO – Water- and energy-saving cotton dyeing

In contrast to conventional reactive dyes for cotton dyeing, which require high temperatures and numerous rinsing baths, BEZAKTIV GO dyes enable a reduction in the dyeing and rinsing bath temperature to 40°C, and require fewer rinsing baths. This reduces energy and water consumption by an average of around 50 percent. BEZAKTIV GO meets strict ecological and toxicological regulations was well as guidelines for socially responsible textile production.

Refillable coffee capsule
Swiss Innovation Products

Infinitely refillable with any coffee, the medical-grade stainless steel coffee capsule lasts a lifetime. Neither aluminium particles nor any other pollutants are released into the body, and a significant contribution is made to reducing the waste mountain of disposable capsules (in 2014 alone, Germany was responsible for an estimated 8,000 tons of aluminium and plastic waste in the form of coffee capsules). Moreover, the refillable coffee capsule saves money, is easy to handle, and can be stored in a space-saving manner.

Service category

1:1 Austausch für Elektronik (Automotive)
Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH

Instead of new parts, 1:1 Austausch für Elektronik (‘Exchange for Electronics’) allows vehicle repair shops to order and receive a refurbished product (e.g. ABS, ECU, satnav) within 24 hours. Thereby, repairs are carried out for flaws and defective electronics, any wear parts are exchanged and visual defects are rectified. The system creates a closed loop because workshops can also return defective units – resulting in significant material- and energy savings. Because it saves time and money, car drivers also welcome this ecological alternative.

CoremanNet – A service for circular economies
Robert Bosch GmbH / CoremanNet

Through an internationally established logistics network combined with an innovative IT solution, CoremanNet enables that systematic and effective recycling of used automobile parts. Promptly and in the appropriate quality, used parts are delivered to the respective reprocessing facilities, where they are repaired and refurbished. Replacement parts are not only less expensive than new parts for the end customer, but because they conserve raw materials, energy and CO2, they also help to protect the environment.

ecoGator App
PocketScience GmbH
Design: Mirja Dittrich Grafik-Design

With the free ecoGator app, consumers can quickly find energy-saving household appliances such as washing machines, dryers and refrigerators, and compare appliances directly from the store. The app calculates the electricity costs over the entire lifetime of the product, and thanks to the scanner function, can provide information on the respective energy label. Up-to-date lists provide an overview of the most energy-efficient appliances on the market, while gamification elements encourage users to make their households more energy-efficient.

MUD Jeans International BV

Mud Jeans stands for sustainable and fairly produced fashion with an emphasis throughout on the ecological aspects of the textile industry. The overall manufacturing process involves the incineration of many tonnes of cotton waste, while a single pair requires 8,000 litres of water to produce. Mud Jeans utilises the highest possible proportion of recycled cotton – even the cotton waste is turned into labels. A leasing system enables the return of used jeans, which can then return to the loop as a raw material.

obergudt - Discover good manufacturers in your region
obergudt UG

obergudt is a map-based platform for regional food producers. Artisanal bakers, farms, beekeepers, craft beer breweries and wineries can present themselves on the website and the mobile app. In turn, consumers have the opportunity to discover ecological and sustainably working producers from their surrounding area, and to obtain food directly from producers. This shortens the distance between the place of production and the consumers, and brings greater attention to artisans and small businesses.

Concept category

‘The good life in Veedel’ - Model communication and implementation project for sustainability in urban districts
labor gruen. Dunja Karabaic & Nika Rams GbR

The focus of the model project ‘The Good Life Veedel’ is the mediation of the topic of sustainability in the neighbourhood realm. A print magazine, practical initiatives and the specific involvement of local people reinforces the responsibility of citizens and integrates them in the debate on what constitutes a ‘good life’. Through avoidance of the term ‘sustainability’, the aim is to address also those people without previous access to the subject and in this way inspire them for ecological action.

Innovative Rail Freight Wagon 2030 – 5L future initiative
hwh Gesellschaft für Transport- und Unternehmensberatung mbH

The 5L future initiative, which comprises representatives from the wagon construction and supply industry, as well as shipping agents, rollingstock owners and railway transport companies, is developing concepts for Rail Freight Wagon 2030. Thanks to innovative features, these concepts are set to become a growth engine for rail freight. Quiet, light, strong, logistics-compatible and life cycle cost-oriented, the new rail freight transportation will contribute to transferring a greater amount of traffic to rail and to making this form of transport even more environmentally friendly and safe.

Radbahn U1
Team Radbahn Berlin
Matthias Heskamp, Kristin Karig, Nicholas Kasang, Giulia Maniscalco, Martti Mela, Perttu Ratilainen, Stefano Tiracchia, Simon Wöhr

The Radbahn U1 project (‘Bicycle Path U1’) is working towards the realisation of Berlin first predominantly canopied bicycle path. The vision encompasses a 9 kilometre-long path from Bahnhof Zoo to Warschauer Brücke, connecting the districts of Charlottenburg, Schöneberg, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. The project will make travel by bike more enjoyable and safe, whilst reinforcing Berlin’s green credentials as a cycling city. Moreover, it is hoped to make a contribution to reductions in emissions – for adjacent neighbourhoods and beyond.

Young Talents category

Architecture & Music - Dynamische Raumakustik
Mattias-Gabriel Kalfoglou
University of Stuttgart

Dynamische Raumakustik (‘Dynamic room acoustics’) is a modular ceiling system for adaptive room acoustics. A movable structure fulfils a range of acoustic requirements in concert halls, recording studios and multi-purpose halls, allowing rooms that were previously optimised for a particular use to be utilised more flexibly. Multifunctionality in architecture not only helps to conserve resources but also enables the planning of significantly more sustainable buildings.

Carolin Schulze
University of Art and Design Halle

10 kg of feed can produce 1 kg of beef – or 9 kg of insect meat. What might take some getting used to for western diets could indeed feed the world and reduce the negative impact of the livestock industry. Among the major advantages is the easy and simple process of insect husbandry. BugsBunny’s mealworm-based ‘meat loaf’ renders insect meat in a new form, making it almost indistinguishable from conventional meat.

Golden Grass
KNOTTEN Renata Hori
ESMOD International University of Art for Fashion

The delicate stems of golden grass (Syngonanthus nitens) radiate a metallic shimmer and a natural golden colour, as if made from gold wire. The plant grows only in Jalapão in Brazil. KNOTTEN supplies hand-made products made from golden grass and 100 percent renewable resources – without the use of chemicals or pesticides, and in cooperation with regional craftspeople. For the region, this is a means of fighting poverty and of protecting flora and fauna.

Mod. N° 1-5 kitchen utensils
Shay Assaf, Damian Schneider
University of Design and Art Basel, University of Applied Sciences Nordwestschweiz

All of the models of this five-part set of cooking utensils are fashioned from a single piece of stainless steel. Using a conventional edge-bending die, the contour-cut steel sheet is folded into its final three-dimensional shape. Thereby, the volume-creating deformation of the spoon emerges freely and solely as a result of material tension. There are no points that can give rise to breaks or deposits. This manufacturing approach provides low-cost and durable products that meet professional requirements.

Offshore Cargo Management Concept
Armin Warnecke
Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts And Design

The Offshore Cargo Management Concept is an efficient restructuring of international marine transport that combines research projects with technological advances. At the centre of the concept is the feeder ship. By distributing and dividing the transport chain, only these feeder ships, which are constructed using ultra-light metal, are active within the ports or harbours. The subsequent reduction in emissions and noise leads to an increase in the quality of life in port cities.

Vegan Fur
Sophia Moeschlin and Lya Rennhard
école cantonale d'art de lausanne (écal)

This vegetable-based fur is obtained from the cattail plant. The texture is soft but palpably denser than conventional fur, with an appearance that is close to the genuine article. As a result, it comes with a very high grade of insulation. The use of the quick-to-grow and low-maintenance cattail as the primary raw material enables local production without long transport routes. The result is an inexpensive, sustainably produced and environmentally sound alternative to synthetic and animal fur.

Recreate Textiles
Katrin Krupka and Philipp Stieghan
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Industrial cotton waste is generally burned when disposed of. If re-use does indeed take place, it is usually in the form of a downgrading. The ‘recreate textiles’ project, on the other hand, aims at an upgrading. Here, recycled waste materials are used as a resource for a line of fleeces as well as bio-based natural fibres. Further potential applications are being developed in cooperation with möve mbH, the Saxon Textile Research Institute and BASF's design factory.

Natacha Aedo Duran
ESMOD International University of Art for Fashion

URBEON is a men's collection developed in collaboration with the Swedish outdoor brand Peak Performance, with a focus on circular economy and the efficient use of resources. A closed-loop design is complemented by a sustainable business model. The aim is to question the status quo and to provide an alternative future vision for the fashion industry in the form of an innovative, sustainable and eco-friendly system.

YOSOY – You are what you eat
Hannah Jasper
University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW Berlin)

The fermented soy product Tempeh is a highly protein-rich foodstuff but remains virtually unknown on the German market. The development of the brand YOSOY encompasses appealing user- and eco-friendly packaging design as well as a multimedia communication concept. The innovative presentation is aimed at making Tempeh more well-known and at creating incentives for ecological nutrition. This has the overall aim of replacing meat with soy products, which can make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gases.

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