Innovators can win $1 million to prevent ocean plastics

Innovators can win $1 million to prevent ocean plastics

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We were excited to discover this amazing new initiative called “The New Plastics Economy”. The initiative is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with a broad group of leading companies, cities, philanthropists, policymakers, academics, students, NGOs, and citizens. We believe design will save the world from our current plastic problems and this exciting initiative is an extremely ambitious, three-year initiative to build momentum towards a plastics system that works. Applying the principles of the circular economy, it brings together key stakeholders to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging. They have recently launched this competition to find solutions so go get inspired go get involved!

Ecotribo Eco Designs of the year. This stuff will change the world.

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I would say the ‘Beasley designs of the year’, held at the Design Museum, London, is one of the most important shows of the year. Timeout London says: ‘We never miss this show’ and well, neither do I.  It’s a wonderful snapshot of the state of the world and the amazing solutions humans are capable of.

Now in its ninth year, Beazley Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. It encompasses multiple disciplines from architecture, product design, graphic design, engineering, fashion and transport design.

I thought it would be a good idea to explore, in more detail, the stories behind some of our favourite designs, with a focus on the eco and environmental design solutions which excited us. There were quite a few that we believe will, or could have a fundamentally positive effect on our planet and therefore need promoting as much as possible. So over the next few months, we will go into a bit more depth into each of them so please stay tuned and sign up to the blog, so you make sure you don’t miss out.

Our Ecotribo Design of the year 2016/17 is the
‘WITT Ltd – Harvesting Energy from motion’.

Designed by Martin and Mari Wickett, with Schaeffler Gibbs Gear and funding from Innovate UK.

This design is so exciting as they have created technology that can create clean energy, simply by moved about. This design truly has the power to transform the world.

The Witt is a device that creates electricity from motion, providing an alternative, sustainable and unlimited power supply. Proudly developed right here in the West country it has recently been patented with tests carried out at Southhampton University. This wonderful product works in extreme conditions; is corrosion resistant and magically converts all movement into harvestable energy.

Under the hood there is a 3D pendulum that drives a transmission system, converting any motion, however chaotic, slow, fast or erratic into a unidirectional rotation of a flywheel to produce electricity. No other energy harvesting system can capture this full spectrum.

The possibilities are endless as WITT could be used to power boats, buoys and anything floating on the sea where power is required from powering data-buoys, meteorological data gathering and subsea monitoring (RNLI and global survival company, Survitec, have already agreed to deploy the WITTs at sea). It can also provide power for personal use in a rucksack powering laptops and mobile phones for hikers and business people on the go. In the long term, it could also be used on a much larger scale to generate grid level wave power with the first 10-15W WITT units ready in 2017.

For us here at Ecotribo, this design wins hands down because it’s enabling an accelerated transition towards sustainable energy models. We see this device as having as big an effect of sustainable energy creation as the solar panel and wind turbines. Go check out their site at WITT-energy.com share the great news with friends as this is a major milestone for our sustainable future.

Introducing Ecotribo ‘Fire Cluster’ Pendant Lamps

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Designing with carefully selected up-cycled or recycled materials is at the forefront of my design ethos. The Ecotribo ‘Fire Cluster’ pendant lamps demonstrate the individual grain qualities of Oakwood and the unique qualities created by the ancient burnt wood technique of Shou-sugi-ban (Yakisugi 焼き杉) .

 

 

I’ve always been inspired by artists who dance on the cusp of creation and destruction. That wonderful place between life and death; ying and yang, it’s an edgy space I love to play in. The craft of making something beautiful & classic out of the world’s finest materials and then leaving mother nature to make her mark. Out of destruction a new beginning. I started burning my artworks many years ago because I loved this edgy aspect but have recently discovered it’s an ancient technique called Shou-sugi-ban Yakisugi 焼き杉. a Japanese technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. I love the wonderful unique colours and shapes that are created, reminiscent of the first lamps used somewhere in an ancient cave. Its final shape reminds me of some ancient tribal cave yet works beautifully in a modern home.

 

Production of acorns starts at the age of 20 to 50 years. Oaks produce more than 2000 acorns every year, but only one in 10 000 acorns will manage to develop into an oak tree. So it’s important we upcycle the wood if we can and make something beautiful to be enjoyed for years to come.

 

These lamps are hand crafted out of upcycled Oak beams on a wood lathe in Bristol, United Kingdom. Then finished, using a flame torch. Acclaimed for its exceedingly strong and durable qualities, Oak is a traditional hardwood generally associated with geometric forms. The ‘Fire Cluster’ lamp challenges this perception by demonstrating a unique combination of modern day technology, combined with this ancient technique, providing something completely unique and organic. The final pieces have then been oiled, polished, and then fitted with vintage brass fittings and dimmable LEDs. We don’t use plastic fittings, only the finest brass we can find, so it will last for generations.

 


For more information about the Ecotribo ‘Fire Cluster’ pendant lamps range and for any bespoke inquiries please contact info@ecotribo.com

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