Recent Case Studies

Circular Economy & Grassroots Innovation; Makers & Fixers. Free workshop on 3rd of June
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-05-13 12:09:44 UTC
Makers and Fixers: Circular Economy & Grassroots Innovation will explore the emergence of new decentralised, grassroots approaches to making and fixing products. New places are emerging to help individuals experiment, make and fix products. These include …
Using bio-based material or not? That's the question
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-05-05 07:23:39 UTC
The USDA, US Department of Agriculture, is pushing forward with its bio-based procurement program. But is bio-based preferable over a technological cycle? If you look at the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) data of Cotton, even organic grown cotton, you wonder. …
Droog offers Downloadable design
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-04-27 13:30:32 UTC
No longer from the furniture store, but with a download from a website, design goods take the form of a digital blueprint that the consumer takes to the local manufacturer for customizable on-demand production. Droog is working with a network of designers …
Light Bulb recycling machines gives out rewards
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-04-27 13:30:21 UTC
The United Nations is urging countries across the globe to phase-out old style incandescent light bulbs and switch to low-energy compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to save billions of dollars in energy costs as well as help combat climate change. …
Using pest plants in high end furniture
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-04-18 15:04:33 UTC
PIE studio uses only renewable and sustainable natural resources, recycled/recyclable synthetic materials and non-toxic additives in its designs and products. PIE studio sustainable materials choices are water hyacinth, liana, bamboo, rattan, polyethylene …
Value in resource efficiency
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-04-18 15:04:06 UTC
Chief Financial Officers typical expect energy saving projects to have an average internal rate of return of investment of about 20%. A recent research of the Carbon Trust, a UK non-profit organisation, among 1000 british companies showed however that the …
Fairphone; a great designed smartphone putting social values first
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-04-11 14:11:45 UTC
Fairphone is opening up the supply chain of smart phones to make its processes, pricing and practices transparent and fair. The electronics industry is famous for its lack of fair treatment of labour, think about the suicides and scandals at FoxConn and …
Bambu; the practices of a sustainable business in kitchenware
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-03-14 07:09:34 UTC
bambu is a renewable ideas company. Building interest and appeal in renewable materials through original designs and material innovations, and through imagination. Striving lessen the impact on the planet’s limited natural resources. And take a socially …
Building facade provides energy, heat and biomass with integrated micro algae reactor
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-02-24 04:59:41 UTC
I was at an interesting presentation by Jan Wurm, Arups European Research Leader, organized by Materia at the international Building tradeshow “Bouwbeurs” in the Netherlands. He talked about the smart material house Arup is developing …
Influencing consumer behaviour
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-02-17 14:55:18 UTC
Marcel Wanders designed an energymeter for Innovaders.The Wattcher consists of a sensor, a sending unit (both placed in the meter closet on any electricity meter) and a display which tells you how much energy you are using at this moment, during a day or …


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