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: