Bottled water

bottled water

Some inventions is both great and bad at the same time. Take bottled water for example. In some countries they are essential since you can’t drink the water from the taps and definitely should not do it, but in other countries they are polluters which contributes to littering nature, unnecessary power consumption and emissions from transports.

In Sweden the tap water is of good quality and drinkable. Still, many people buy bottled water instead of drinking tap water. That’s because some people want sparkling water or flavored water. Another reason to why we consume a lot of bottled water is that we buy water when we are out in the cities instead of filling our own water bottle at home and bring it with us.

The high prices at bottled water doesn’t seem to discourage people from buying it. But it has come an invention that reduce peoples need of buying bottled water: carbonating machines! By purchasing a carbonating machine you can produce sparkling water at home out of your tap water. You can also purchase flavor essences if you want to flavor the water.

Today carbonating machines can be found in many swedish homes thanks to smart functions and great design. Earlier I think the carbonating machines was kind of ugly and big, now you can buy slim machines in great design that you aren’t ashamed of to place on the sink. Look at the brand Sodastreamer for instance, they sell really good looking carbonating machines. By using such a machine you can get the sparkling water, even make your own soda with it, without having to bring home a lot of plastic bottles.

There are a lot of reasons to avoid buying bottled water, that they are bad for the environment is just one of these reasons. Another is that they aren’t that healthy as you think they are. Bottled water often contain much more bacterias than the swedish tap water. Sometimes they also contain to high levels of substances like flour and sodium. So if you have the possibility to drink tap water of high quality, that’s the best alternative both for you and for the environment.

Soda machines is just one thing that can make people drinking tap water. Great water bottles that you can bring with you and use over and over again is another thing that can make people buy less bottled water. Also there has been more and more commercial on the television that are trying to make people think about bottles and the environment. Really great i think!

Recently I saw a smart design of a water bottle. It was flat like an envelope and you could buy it in different sizes. I think this was a really smart idea because it’s not always you have space for these traditional round water bottles in your bag. I like smart design that solve peoples needs, and I think more smart products will lead people into buying less bottled water and other environmentally harmful products.

Ecological lifestyle

live ecological

When we speak about being environmentally friendly individuals we often talk about shopping less clothes, buying ecological food products, save energy in our homes or choose more climate-friendly alternatives to cars and buses. Next step is to think about our whole lifestyle and apply an environmental perspective in all our activities, from our hobbies to our vacations or restaurant dinners.

We need to encourage more companies to think about the environment. Take restaurants for example, start to favour the ones that works hard to reduce their environmental impact. This can be done by serving locally produced food and organic products for example. In the future I also want to see more restaurants using eco-labeled furnitures, foam soap and water-saving taps in the toilets.

With foam soap you use about 50% less soap than if you use traditional pump soaps, which is great.

Water-saving taps, toilets, shower mixes and foam soaps is also something hotels need to think about. So next time you shall stay at a hotel, choose a hotel that cares about the environment and have a environmental policy.

In Las Vegas you can find very advanced luxury hotels with great environmental commitment. I think one reason to this is that they are located in the dessert and need to be restrained with water. In Vegas you can find hotels with both water-saving taps, but you can alos find hotels that cleans the greywater from the hotel and uses it in fountains or for watering.

There´s also examples of hotels in Vegas that saves energy with the help of technology that switches off lights and other energy consuming devices when a guest leaves the hotel room, The casino & hotel Aria is one of the hotels in Vegas that uses this technique and they have been awarded with the LEED certificate, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and other awards during the years since they opened in 2009. You can read more about their work for the environment at their web page.

Casino and poker is two of my interests and I always tries to choose hotels and casinos that are highly engaged in sustainability issues and that implement energy and water-saving technique when I am away from the hotel room. But traveling often causes emissions and instead of traveling to much I play a lot over the Internet at casino sites nowadays. In this way I reduce my impact on the environment. You can read more about online gambling here.

By travel less or use more environmentally friendly transport alternatives you can do great for the environment. Choose environmentally friendly hotels ant other facilities you use to visit and you are contributing even more to a green planet.

Golfers for example can do a lot to make the world a greener place. Use biodegradeble pegs and buy golf balls at second hand shops. Another thing you should be aware of is how environmentally conscious your golf club is when it comes to watering and lawn care. Look for golf clubs that takes action to reduce their environmental impact.

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Save water and energy and save the planet!

Eco friendly energy from solar panels
Solar panels on rooftop generates electricity

It´s not only countries with shortness of freshwater that needs to conserve water, that´s something everyone have to think about since the water-system consume a lot of energy. You can also indirectly save water by consume less products that require much water to produce, for example coffe and clothes made of cotton.

Saving energy is very important if we shall create organic sustainable communities. This can be done by using less electricity. In a household this means you use low-energy lamps and use energy-efficient white goods. In Sweden all white goods you purchase in shops are marked with the energy class which makes it easy to choose the most energy-efficient product. Nowadays it is more easy to find low-energy lamps than to find the ones who aren’t. At least in Sweden it has become the norm to use low-eneryg lamps because it is such an easy way to make a difference. It isn’t more expensive either, so everyone can afford to by low-energy lamps as a start if you want to make a change in the world.

Another thing we can do is to save water by installing water-saving taps and shower heads, which is great example of environmentally friendly inventions. By using less water in our households we consume less energy. A water-saving tap use between 40%-50% less water than traditional taps. Today you can buy water-saving products in great designs. So you don´t have to choose between eco-friendly taps or beautiful taps, you can have it both. To not take long showers is also a tip on where you can consume less water, it is easy to find yourself just standing with the hot water running down your body without even thinking about how much time you spend in there. So next time, set an alarm for five minutes so you will have to speed up your shower!

If you want to buy a water-saving tap or shower mixer you can shop it at the furniture store IKEA that have department stores in many countries. They also sell white goods that are energy-efficient and various sorts of bulbs that use less electricity than conventional bulbs, like led-lamps and CFLs for example.

At IKEA you can also buy solar lamps for your garden or patio. By using solar lamps instead of lamps powered by electricity you save energy. I like how the designers at IKEA and many other companies develop environmentally friendly products in great designs. This makes it easier and more fun for the consumers to choose environmental friendly products.

Another way to save energy and water is to buy second-hand or products that have been made out of recycled raw-materials. It´s also good to buy products that can be recycled when they are outworn or broken. For example you can buy office furniture and furniture for your home that are 100% recyclable. Look for eco-labels when you purchase furnitures if you want to be environmentally friendly.

If you really want to live eco-friendly, you should also think about how your hobbies impact the environment. Car racing and golf are examples of things that aren´t optimal for our planet. I have found a way to reduce my environmental impact. Instead of taking the car to the bingo hall several miles away every week I play bingo online at tuesdays. In the bingo room online you can chat with the other players so you don´t have to feel alone. If you think it sounds strange you can learn more about it here.

This is just an example on how I have changed my hobby to a more eco-friendly variant. Maybe you can do the same?  I don´t mean that you should play bingo at home, but perhaps there´s a way you can make your hobbies greener. But if you do like bingo online I  recommend this site bingoomega for more information about the game.

In my next blog post I will write about how you can encourage companies to be more eco friendly!

Cultivation projects

Freshwater are needed for cultivationShortage of freshwater is a real problem for millions of people in the world. Only a small percent of all our water is drinkable freshwater, the rest is seawater. This leads to terrible problems and it´s a challenge for the worlds designers and inventors to solve.

It´s not only humans and animals that is dependent on freshwater, we also need freshwater for the agricultaral crops. Without freshwater we wouldn´t be able to grow and harvest grains and vegetables. Imagine a world without the ability to grow your own food, some parts of the world would not survive.

The agricultural is a large water guzzlers and we need to be better at using the water effectivily when we grow food products. This is especially important in countries where water is a scarce and where the climat isn´t suitable for cultivation.

There are already some ideas and products on the market that can help farmers cultivate in difficult environments. One example of such a product is the Seawater Greenhouse that I´ve heard about. I am not an expert in the technology, but simplified you can describe it like this: The greenhouses are constructed to take advantage of the water that´s in the air by creating condence inside the greenhouses. The condence are created when the hot air flows in to the greenhouse and are cooled down when it passes pipes that contains cold seawater.

By using this method you will not only get freshwater out of the air in the greenhouse, but you will also create an environment where the cultivation loose less moisture since the greenhouse have a lower temperature than the outside environment.

The electricity that are needed for the Seawater Greenhouses are provided by solar panels.

There are several projects with these Seawater Greenhouses in different countries, for example in Somaliland, Gran Canaria, Abu Dhabi and Oman.

I think this is a great example of how you not just can cultivate with less water, it´s also a great invention that makes cultivation possible at places where it otherwise would be difficult or impossible.

Another invention that I think we will see in the future is vertical greenhoues in our big cities. Instead of traditional agrucultural I think we will begin to farm in high greenhouse buildings that takes up less space than the fields. The benefit would not only be space saving, it´s also great because the food transports will be shorter and that you can prevent environmentally harmful substances from the agricultural to leak out into the nature.

The concept with vertical greenhouses feels a little odd, it feels unnatural. But if they start building these greenhouses I hope they will study the grains and vegetables to see if they are as healthy as the crops that comes from traditional agricultural. I think it´s important that the vegetables contains more nutrients, not less, otherwise there´s no idea to produce them at all. We need the nutrients for in the vegetables for the sake of our health.

No more plastic bags!

A fabric bag

One of the best things designers have made for the environment is making fabric bags fashionably. By doing beautiful, fun and practical fabric bags that people want to carry with them we consume less plastic bags which is a benefit for the environment. One of the most popular uses are actually by musicians and artists. It is very common now that they produce fabric bags with some sort of picture of them or the name of the artist. In that way you can let people now who your favourite artists are and be kind to environment!

Did you know that the plastic bags is a swedish invention? A man named Sten Gustaf Thulin at the company Celloplast invented the plastic bags that Celloplast started to sell in the 60s.

But there is a problem with plastic bags, they are dangerous for our environment since most of them aren´t organic biodegradable, which means that when people drops or throw a plastic bag in the nature it takes very long time for the bag to brake down. In addition to that it also takes a lot of energy to produce these bags.

Eco bag made of recycled materialsBy using fabric bags over and over again less plastic bags will end up in our nature and the factories will use less energy to produce plastic bags.

The world is right now facing a huge problem with plastic residues in our oceans. These plastic residues comes from plastic bags for example and end up in sealiving animals like birds and fishes. Environment expert says we have to act now and stop the contamination by drastically raise the prices at plastic bags or forbid them.

I am well aware of that fabric bags isn´t a completely eco-friendly product because of the huge amount of water that cotton production requires, but I think we can make fabric bags out of ecological cotton or other fabric materials that are better for the nature.

Bags made of juteThe best fabric bags I know are the ones that are easy foldable and becomes so small that you can wear it in your pocket. Then you´re always prepared with a bag if you´re out and shopping and you don´t have to buy a plastic bag to carry your goods.

Do you have any idea about how to solve the problem with our huge consumtion of plastic bags? Do you know any new materials that could be interesting to use for example? Please then tell me about it! I really hope for a future without plastic bags!

Summary!

If you want to reduce your consumption of plastic bags, follow these simple steps!

  1. Always carry a fabric bag with you. There are small ones that fits in your pocket!
  2. If you are out shopping, don´t take a new plastic bag in every boutique. Try to put your stuff in the bag/bags you already have.
  3. Recycle your plastic bags at the recycling centre. This doesn´t reduce your consumption of bags, but it reduces the energy that are needed to produce new plastic bags and it reduces the need of oil and other raw material.

Wikkelhouse – a greener house!

I recently saw a fantastic product that I want to tell you about. The name of the product is ”Wikkelhouse” and is a dutch invention of more eco-friendly houses. If you haven’t heard of it you will definitely be surprised on how it is made. I myself did not really believe it at first, but now i am completely sold.

The Wikkelhouse concept is brilliant. The house structure is made of multiple layers of recycled cardboard and the house front is covered with wood panels and according to the manufacturer the house should last for about 100 years, which is much longer than the life span of many other houses.

Since the Wikkelhouses are pre-made in modules in a fabric and it only takes a day to build the house. You decide for yourself how many modules your house should contain and each module is 5m2.

It might sound a bit weird, i know. But take a look at the commercial and get your own opinion, but i am quite sure that you as well as me will fall in love with this concept. In this commercial below you can see for yourself how the Wikkelhouse-concept works:

Isn´t this commercial one of the best you´ve ever seen? I really love it! Especially the part when they talks about what you can do with the house, like having it as a ukulele house. The slogan ”A house for you” is also great! I mean, how easy doesn’t it sound to have a summer house now? Think to have a little Wikkelhouse somewhere near the water and next year if you are not happy, move it to the forest instead. The possibilities are never ending with this one!

But now back to this inovative house concept. I think it´s a really smart way to go. The materials are according to the company 100% recycable, which is great for our environment. Another thing that is good for the environment, that´s that the houses have a long life cycle.

I would really like to buy a Wikkelhouse myself, unfortunately the company dosen´t deliver their houses to Sweden where I live. There is also a waiting list for the houses since the interest for these inovative houses is bigger than their manufacturing capacity at the moment.

The Wikkelhouses have a very discreet design that makes them fit in almost everywhere and in scenic environments. I think they will do great as holiday cottages, guest houses and homes to small families that wants to build a new house in an un-exploited environment. I also think this invention will lead way and inspire other creative people to find new ways to build houses.

This is a fantastic example of innovation when it´s at it´s best. It shows us that you don´t have to walk in old footsteps and that thinking new can lead to exciting and beautiful products that we desire. It also shows that eco-friendly doesn´t have to be boring or difficult, but exact the oppsite, which in this case.

A blog about industrial design

Hi!

This is my blog about industrial design, one of many interests of mine 🙂 It all started when I as a child discovered how IKEA had good design solutions for small homes, and my interest for great design grew bigger over the years. Today IKEA is still one of my favourite places and I can spend hours and hours looking through their catalogue. It sure is something special to flip through the pages, it really calms me, and with a cup of tea who wouldn’t love it?

I am born and raised in Sweden (not a big surprise perhaps since i love IKEA) and have seen a lot of great examples of nordic design. The PH-lamp made by danish Poul Henningsen is for example one of my favourite design objects. Maybe I should say that Sweden and Denmark are two countries in the northern Europe for those of you who don´t know.

As an adult I have been travelling and I have worked at different locations all over the world and have seen lots of fantastic design objects. In Japan for example they have a lot of smart industrial design that makes life easier. A lot of things i wish would become more common in Sweden as well. It is important t adapt things that we see work in other countries so that we trie to make the best solutions for everything, even if it is only a towel.

Nowadays I am very interested in sustainable design and I am curious about what the designers will come up with next in a world that require more and more eco-friendly solutions. I think we will see a lot of products made of recycled material and more products made of natural materials in the future. At least i hope so, i think it is very important for everyone to take responsibility for the earth and to produce products that doesn’t effect the environment to much.

The process has already started. The architects draws energy-efficient houses in carefully selected materials that´s not dangerous for the nature and many designers makes their products in biodegradable materials which is positive for our planet. Two thumbs up for that!

I think it´s necessary that we adapt to a more ecological sustainable lifestyle, and the designers plays a major role in that process because they have the creativity and the skills to make us want to choose the eco-products instead of the conventional products we´re used to. If more designers make greats choices we in the end doesn’t really have a choice either then to buy products that are eco-friendly. And that is of course a main goal for me!

My intention with this blog is to tell you more about eco-friendly industrial design and to spread information about good design that has been loved by generations. I mentioned the PH-lamp earlier, and that´s a great example of a product that has been popular during decades and which has been handed down in generations.

This is a little video clip about industrial design projects by students at the school California College of the Arts: