Nominees 2016

Product category

Projekt Samsen GmbH

001 is a 3D-printed spectacle frame that does not require any screws. The foldable monoframe and even the hinges and lenses consist entirely of polyamide. The sunglasses are thus light as well as robust. The use of unmixed materials allows the glasses to be returned to the product cycle without issue.

QWSTION and development never stops llc

The rainproof jacket ALL WEATHER COAT is made using pure organic cotton. The manufacturing process involves the spinning, twisting and weaving of so-called extra-long staple fibres into the highest possible density. This results in a breathable as well as water-repellent structure, without the use of chemical substances. Wear parts can be easily replaced.

Zora Heinicke, Wind-Wetter-Zeug

BUX are outdoor trousers for children. The production process uses exclusively GOTS-certified cotton. The trousers are wind and weather proof thanks to a special spinning and weaving process combined with wax impregnation. The thread used in the garment expands when wet, thereby sealing the seams. This allows BUX to do away with the usual bonding and sealing required for functional clothing. Thanks to the efficient cut, the trousers can be worn across three conventional sizes.

Climatex Collection
Climatex AG

The materials used in Climatex Collection are temperature and moisture regulating: They provide warmth in cold weather and stay cool in hot weather. They are flame-retardant, durable and tearproof. The new fabric technology intelligently combines natural and synthetic fibres, and can be separated homogeneously. The textiles are certified both Cradle to Cradle Gold and OEKO-TEX Standard. Among other applications, the textiles are used in the fields of health, interiors, fashion and transportation.

Eschenbach Porzellan Group – Neue Porzellanfabrik Triptis GmbH

The porcelain COOK & SERVE | inducTHERM® cookware can withstand temperature differences of up to 250°C. This makes it suitable for use on all types of stove, as well as for grilling in ovens and microwaving. In addition to preparation, the cookware can be used for serving, storing and heating dishes. This saves resources and energy. The material contains no toxic compounds and is suitable for allergy sufferers. The glaze is non-porous and therefore hygienically safe, as well as chemically resistant to foodstuffs and cleaning products.

Cool Coatings
BASF Coatings Division

The automotive coating Cool Coatings reflects warming infrared radiation from the sun. This enables a lowering of the temperature of the vehicle body by up to 20 °C, and the interior by up to 4 °C. Thanks to passive thermal management, it is possible to save energy for climate control. The functionality of the coating is underlined by new colours and effects.

STI Group

DualPack packaging reduces CO2 emissions in the mail-order industry. If required, the package can reduced in size by half for the return of goods. There is thus no need for padding material, allowing more packages to be transported per truckload. DualPack is manufactured using ordinary and corrugated cardboard.

ege ReForm Legend Ecotrust
egetæpper A/S

Ege ReForm Legend Ecotrust is a 100% recycled carpet tile. Among other sources, the surface makes use of twines derived from fishing nets. The patented Ecotrust felt backing is made entirely from recycled PET bottles. The result is softer and more durable rear surfaces that do away with the need for bitumen or PVC, and which have positive effect on room acoustics. The ReForm collection is Cradle to Cradle certified.

PuroWIN wood chip gasifier
Windhager Zentralheizung GmbH

PuroWIN enables virtually emission-free heating. The combustion of the wood chips produces significantly less particulate matter, with a reduction in the value to below 1 mg/MJ. A flexible suction system transports the wood chips to the boiler, meaning that the storage room does not need to be adjacent to the boiler room. This does away with the need for cost-intensive conversions.

Hilti TE 800-AVR
Hilti AG

The ergonomic, compact design and reduced vibration of the TE 800 AVR demolition hammer facilitates accurate work over long periods. The integrated extraction system cuts dust emissions by up to 95%. During manufacture and use, CO2 emissions are reduced thanks to a doubling of the service life of the unit alongside a reduction in energy consumption. Wear parts can be easily replaced, enabling users to undertake their own repairs. At the end of the useful life, the unit can be returned to the manufacturer for recycling.

Volante Rucksack
Ackermann Taschenmanufaktur

The Volante Rucksack is made using vegetable-tanned leather. The olive leaf extract tanning agent is Cradle to Cradle Gold certified. The raw material is available in large quantities as a by-product of olive cultivation. In the Lüneburg-based manufactory, offcuts from the rucksacks are used for smaller wallets or carry cases. The classic, functional design and a flexible repair service all contribute to a long useful life.

W1 Prestige
WMV 963 WPS PWash & TDos XL Tronic Wifi
Miele & Cie. KG

The W1 Prestige washing machine is 40% more economical than the threshold specified by the highest energy efficiency class of A+++. Coordinated processes for load detection, moisture penetration and heating combine to reduce the consumption of energy and water. Savings in detergent of up to 30% are also possible thanks to the integrated dosing system. W1 Prestige can be controlled via mobile app, which also displays information on energy and water consumption. The washing machine has been tested for a service life of 20 years.

Service category

TopFarmers GmbH

AquaTerraPonik is a concept for crop cultivation in conjunction with edible fish breeding. Here, nutrient-rich wastewater from the fish farm serves as fertiliser for the plants. In turn, this purifies the water. The facility can produce vegetables, fruit and fish in a parallel process in a small amount of space. Because it is closed circuit, there is no need to use mineral fertilisers and pesticides.

Into the Mountains by Bus and Train
Deutscher Alpenverein e.V.
Outdooractive GmbH & Co. KG

The CO2 footprint of a mountain hike is largely defined by the journey that takes place before and afterwards. Over 70 % of all mountaineers travel by car into the mountains. For their tours, the platforms and incorporate public transport-friendly travel as a matter of course, and present alternatives to travelling by car. This contributes to CO2 reduction in the field of mountaineering, and promotes environmental awareness in the mountaineering community.

Design: Scholz & Volkmer

The Kiezkaufhaus (Neighbourhood Store) is an online shop that local traders can use to offer their products. Orders are delivered on the same day by cargo bike. The Kiezkaufhaus uses short delivery routes with no interim storage, and reduces packaging through the use of deposit bags. The platform currently processes around 20 orders per day. Compared to conventional mail order businesses, this saves around 14 kg of CO2 per day.

Concept category

Bionic Partition Wall
Airbus Operations GmbH

The Bionic Partition Wall from Airbus is 45 % lighter than conventional partition walls for use on aircraft. The lower weight can bring annual reductions in CO2 emissions of 10 tonnes per aircraft. The product is based on a generative design and manufacturing process, as well as the own development of a lightweight alloy material. Thanks to the additive production and modular structure, the partitions can be installed in existing aircraft cabins. If required, individual components can be easily replaced. The used material is completely recyclable.

FLOW Social Auction Platform – ReUse of School Furniture and Equipment
Regine Aicher und Nina Nicolaisen

Every year, schools and public authorities dispose of vast quantities of inventory, such as furniture, sports equipment and teaching materials. Often, these items are fully functional and useable, but the facilities lack storage facilities and suitable networking possibilities. Here, the FLOW brokerage and auction platform can serve as an interface. Used inventory is listed for social organisations or is made available for auction.

Seekuh Refuse Collection Ship
One Earth – One Ocean e.V.

Around ten million tons of plastic waste makes its way into the oceans every year. With their concept of the Seekuh (Sea Cow) refuse collection ship, the environmental organisation One Earth - One Ocean hopes to liberate the waters of plastic waste. The Seekuh can collect up to two tonnes of plastic waste on each trip, while recycling takes place back on land. Later, oil tankers will be used as a base for converting the plastic directly into oil. The first of these refuse collection ships is currently under construction.

Thermal Battery
Steinbeis Transfer Center heat storage

The thermal battery makes it possible to store and transport surplus heat in an alternative energy form. Calcium oxide obtained through the calcination of limestone is used as a carrier material. The energy storage takes place in the form of a reversible, heat-induced chemical reaction. The process enables efficient long-term storage and high energy density, with low environmental impact and costs. The replacement of fossil energy sources reduces emissions of CO2, nitrogen oxide and fine particulates.

Young Talent category

Breathing Skins
Tobias Becker
University of Stuttgart

Breathing Skins is an experimental facade technology. It consists of flexible elements, so-called pneumatic muscles, which are controlled by changes in air pressure. The facade reacts to external factors and controls the passage of air, light, sound and heat. This helps to reduce the energy consumption of buildings. The project provides climatically healthy spaces and a new spatial experience.

ethical fashion
Natascha von Hirschhausen
Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee

The label Natasha von Hirschhausen – ethical fashion uses only biodegradable and unmixed materials with certification from GOTS or IVN Best. Production is predominantly to order, which helps avoid excess production. Thereby, the complete production takes place locally in Berlin. Special cutting techniques reduce waste by up to 2 %.

Folifora – A New Way To Handle Clay
Chuana Mahlendorf
Kassel Art Academy

Folifora is a process for the production of ceramic containers. Thereby, rolled-out clay is laid on a hole template and moulded into a container using a trowel. Folifora is particularly efficient compared to conventional casting and turning techniques. The approach allows scraps and residuals to be wetted and re-used. The manufacturing process does not require electricity or any additional tools. Clay is an incredibly versatile, non-toxic raw material that is locally available almost everywhere. Thanks to unmixed processing, the containers are easily recyclable.

Mobility Cluster for Rural Areas
Julia Hunold
Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee

The Mobility Cluster for Rural Areas project connects local public transport, goods transport as well as mobile services in rural areas. All three types of transport are bundled into a single vehicle system. This saves resources and improves the capacity utilisation. The vehicles are electrically powered by renewable energy, which is generated directly in the local area. The Dorfladen 2.0 (Village Shop 2.0) serves both as a fuelling station and as a shop for local products. It is also a point of contact for local services.

Pacific Garbage Screening
Marcella Hansch
RWTH Aachen

The platform "Pacific Garbage Screening" filters plastic particles from the oceans. The slowdown of the ocean current in the inside lends buoyancy to the plastic particles. This passive form of filtering does not endanger marine life. Moreover, the gathered plastic particles can be used as a source of energy and raw materials: Once converted into hydrogen and carbon dioxide, they propel the platform forward and assist in the process of breeding algal cultures. In turn, these can be further processed into bioplastics. All processes are fully independent and CO2-neutral.

Julian Berg
Art Academy Berlin Weißensee

The Stadtküche (City Kitchen) is a rental service for barbecue sets as an alternative to disposable products. An app lets users know where to find rental points and food boxes. All foods are locally grown and menus vary according to the season. The rental grill is also designed to prevent damage to lawns. Stadtküche offers a spontaneous and green way to grill in urban areas.

Sustainability and other stories
Mayya Saliba
ESMOD International University of Art for Fashion Berlin

Can a circular economy reconcile the contradiction of fast fashion and sustainability? "Sustainability and other stories" is both a case study and fashion collection. The pieces in the collection are made of monomaterials and can be returned to the material cycle. The project aims to reinforce the political role of design and challenge fickle consumer behaviour in a globalised world.

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