Nominees 2018

Product category

1 für 4 Papier

“1 für 4 Papier” (1 for 4 paper) is a pure cellulose paper produced from timber. Thanks to a specific mechanical treatment, the paper is greaseproof, heat resistant and suitable for direct contact with food. As such, it can replace conventional household products such as aluminium and plastic wrap, as well as siliconised baking paper. Compostella uses FSCcertified timber obtained during forest maintenance.

Band of Rascals
Band of Rascals GmbH

Every item of clothing from the sustainable and fair-produced “Band of Rascals” children’s clothing collection is GOTS-certified. Age-spanning design and high quality materials ensure a long product life. Hanging labels, marketing materials and shipping boxes are all manufactured from recycled or FSCcertified materials. Moreover, none of the labels are produced using optical brighteners. The production centre is in Portugal.

Cocccon, Creativity can care

The use of chemicals in silkworm breeding poses a threat to numerous species of animals and plants. Cocccon has developed a natural product that achieves results similar to those of chemical fungicides and pesticides but which does not interrupt the metamorphosis of the silkworms. In this way, Cocccon has successfully manufactured GOTS-certified organic silk that has already been used in fashion collections. In addition, information about the silk making process is passed on with every piece of silk that is sold.

Sustainably-produced chef’s jacket

This sustainably-produced chef’s jacket from KAYA&KATO is made of organic cotton. Purchases of this cotton from certified cultivation in Kyrgyzstan helps to support farmers’ cooperatives. The sewing takes place exclusively in Europe under fair conditions. The chef’s jacket is skin-friendly, robust and can be washed at up to 95° C.

Design: Kobusch Design

“paprfloor” was specifically designed for use at exhibitions and trade fairs. The paper floor is easy to lay down, individually printable and meets fire safety requirements for fire-resistant building materials. In contrast to conventional plastic flooring at trade fairs and comparable events, “paprfloor” is based entirely on paper. The flooring can thus be returned to the paper cycle after use. Production makes almost exclusive use of recycled paper.


“SHIFT6m” is a modularly constructed smartphone. Click and screw connections facilitate the repair of components and help to extend the service life. The company also offers tutorials and supplies corresponding tools to assist in the process of repair and maintenance. The warranty is not affected if the device is opened and the company has also set up a deposit return system if it needs replacing. “SHIFT6m” is produced under fair working conditions.


“Sysboard®/FLEX” is a modular acoustic wall system. The panels are made entirely from PET, which is largely derived from recycled drinking bottles. The surfaces are fixed together using Velcro and pivoting movements are enabled by longitudinal slots. In this way, stable and sound-absorbing surfaces can be set up and deployed in a flexible manner. Uses include meeting zones, telephone boxes or changing rooms. The system fulfils the requirements of fire protection class 1 and can thus be used in the trade fair and exhibition sector.

Knauf Insulation GmbH

“Urbanscape” is an easy-to-install roof greening system. It consists of a drainage system of recycled polystyrene and a rock wool growth mat that does not contain any binding agents. The vegetation layer is already overgrown. No plasticisers or other chemical components are used during production. A robust sedum mix in the vegetation mat ensures that the plants are able to survive longer periods of drought.

VELOGICAL engineering GmbH

The “VELOSPEEDER” is an ultra-light retrofittable bicycle engine. Once attached to the rear wheel rim, the friction wheel drive transforms any conventional bicycle into a pedelec. The bicycle is driven by a pair of electric motors fastened to the rims, with no damage or alterations to the rims themselves. Significant resources are saved in the course of manufacturing compared to larger hub- or centrally-mounted motors.

Service category

reCup GmbH
Design: Johanna Perret

“RECUP” is a comprehensive deposit system for “coffee to go” in Germany: for a deposit of one euro, the coffee cup can be taken by the customer and later returned to any of the “RECUP” mug partners. The introduction of the returnable mug and the networking of partners prevents single-use waste and saves resources. The cups can be rinsed up to 500 times with no loss of quality, and they are light, unbreakable, tasteless, food safe and BPA free.

Refill Deutschland
Design: elbmedien

The voluntary initiative “Refill” is committed to providing free-ofcharge tap water for people on the move. Participating shops fill the water bottles without payment. All of those taking part in the action are listed and locatable online or can be identified by the “Refill” sticker on the outside of the premises. “Refill Deutschland” was founded in spring 2017 in Hamburg and has now been expanded to a number of other cities.

vanilla bean
Grünzeug GmbH

Finding vegan and vegetarian restaurants is easy with the help of “vanilla bean”. The free app displays over 2,500 restaurants offering food made from organic and locally produced or fair trade ingredients. A filter function assists in the search for specific diets or eateries, for example gluten- and lactose-free menus. A restaurant traffic light system also provides information on health and environmental issues.

Concept category

Bazaar – Slow Manufacturing Tableware

“BAZAAR” is a platform for the design, production and distribution of customisable table objects. Through the use of a digital application, three basic porcelain elements serve as a basis for the design and creation of variants in other materials. A handicraft business from the “BAZAAR” network is subsequently commissioned with the production. With its modular design principles, “BAZAAR” emphasises the unmixed use of materials as well as local production. The project represents the coming together of craftsmanship and digital technology.

Magnic Microlights
Magnic Innovations GmbH & Co. KG

“Magnic Microlights” are brake blocks with integrated dynamo bicycle lights. The combination of brake block and lighting element is non-contact and functions on the basis of eddy-currents. Moreover, it does not require any additional components and can also be fitted on bikes with aluminium wheel rims. The novel product does away with the need for batteries, failureprone cables or additional brackets.

Manitober GmbH

“Manitober” manufactures and markets clothing for children aged between one and ten. Individual items can be returned after use. Returns are cleaned, repaired and offered for sale, thereby avoiding new production. The production makes use of ecologically compatible materials and pursues a timeless design in order to increase the useful life.

Toolbot UG (limited liability)

“Toolbot” is a rental station for electric power tools. The station itself is made of recyclable metals and is manufactured from semi-finished products in simple forming processes. Tools can be borrowed via an app. The rental system helps to prevent electronic waste and reduce CO₂ emissions.

Young Talent category

Denim Footprint
Ana Melissa Ortuño de Leon
ESMOD Berlin

How can jeans clothing be made more sustainable? The project “Denim Footprint” examines the ecological and social consequences of denim production and provides users with recommendations in the form of a step-by-step guideline. Aspects such as longevity, repairability and viability are also discussed. The guideline will be available both online and in print.

Cosima Ariane Dörnte
Berlin University of the Arts

“Flaneur” is a 3D-printed orthopaedic sneaker made of thermoplastic polyurethane. 3D printing enables wearers to personalise their footwear as well as take account of individual misalignments or gaits. To this end, the feet are scanned and a running analysis is compiled. In turn, a CAD model is created with which footwear can be ordered online. Worn-out shoes can be returned for disposal.

Anna Souvignier, Sophie Zepnik
Malmö Högskola

The yoga mats from “hejhej-mats” are made using the cuttings from foam production. The recycled material is laminated with a TPU film. This ensures that the mat is hard-wearing and durable as well as skin-friendly and hygienic. Worn-out yoga mats serve as a source of raw material for new production. “hejhej-mats” offers a return service to assist in this process. On its blog and on social media, the start-up also provides information on topics such as sustainable consumption and resource scarcity.

LP_01 (Light in the public space)
Armin Warnecke
Muthesius College of Art

“LP_01” (Light in the public space) is a street lighting concept that counteracts light pollution. The system can be configured for different contexts and requirements. The combination of access to electricity with light infrastructure opens up a variety of occupancy possibilities for local residents and communities. The internal components of the stele can be individually removed and replaced.

Tobias Bahne, Yvonne Cosentino, Ioannis Jyftopoulos, Michael Then
Technical University of Munich

“M-Frame” is a door frame with an integrated module interface that enables diverse objects positioned in the vicinity of the door, such as light switches or thermostats, to be collectively supplied with power. As a result, there is no need to open walls or wire devices individually. The individual modules can also be exchanged, swapped out or adjusted in height.

Benedikt Bandtlow, Eleonore Eisath, David Meier, Steven Stannard
Technical University of Munich

The year is 2068: as a consequence of flooded farmlands and polluted ecosystems, farmers have lost their livelihoods. Using floating bodies of plastic landfill, “NEULAND” wants to encourage the construction of cultivation areas in river deltas. In addition to locally available plastic waste, renewable resources can also be used for the construction of these islands. The sedimentation of the islands and the decomposition of the synthetic materials can also serve to regenerate the living environment and create promising opportunities for the future.

Lea Schücking
Kassel Art Academy

“Shards” is a project for urbanmining: Bricks made of rubble and recycled glass are crushed, mixed and baked into tiles. The colour and feel is determined by the type of bricks used, the proportion of glass and the parameters of the temperature curve. “Shards” is a circular system in which broken tiles are processed into new tiles without quality loss and with low energy consumption.

TFOB / They Feed Off Buildings
Berlin University of the Arts

“URBAN TERRAZZO” uses building rubble as a basis for a new surface material. Assisted by modern technology, the concrete, bricks and other building materials are assembled according to the principles of traditional terrazzo art. Ultra high-strength concrete gives the material its structural stability, while ground pigments from old bricks lend the product its aesthetic character. Through the reuse of rubble, the material contributes to the creation of a closed-loop economy in the construction sector.

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