Fresh ideas to face encouraging challenges
Emile is a student at the Haute-Ecole Arc Ingénierie, with an entrepreneurial mindset, who came across our ecodesign activities. So he proposed us a collaboration to help EeD to develop a crucial functional unit in one of our current projects, where his skills in ergonomic design are much valued. He is a torrent of energy and creativity. We were amazed by the interest he showed during our videocalls, so...we couldn't say no! :)
This collaboration is just the beginning of a long-lasting synergetic relationship where, the environment and the end-user with be most benefited. We are eager to find what comes from Emile's contribution... so far, so promising!
New collaborations to come
It is EeD's DNA to back partnerships where ecodesign is valued. In this sense, interesting collaborations with local and foreign start-ups and Universities will start in the coming weeks. Joining forces is the key to make solid projects, share ideas, learn, and bring prosperity in a decentralised world.
This is the first piece of a kind interview that Kelly Logan, managing director at Logan & Partners, made me at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne.
Kelly is much interested in getting deeper knowledge about Circular Economy. So, he contacted Eco-efficient Design to know more about it from an ecodesigner's perspective.
We talked for quite long, but in this short fragment I introduce the concept of ecoefficiency and how this objective is so important for a company...and how it happened to name our product design agency.
- Santiago -
A half-full glass
A pen is a mighty tool
Isn't it amazing how fast and free a child's mind can move?
How simple they find connections in a disperse Venn diagram?
How constrained we are by logic?
Keep it simple and enjoy it!
Prototyping prior to launching
Gratitude to the 4 design consultants in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and Portugal involved in the prototyping of the design.
Despite distance, Covid-19, and restrictions, we made it!
The art of wasting materials
In our complicated system, even the little pleasure of munching a chocolate at work can also harm the Planet. A wrong decision with the waste plastic wrap can yield unexpected results in the environment: from feeding a turtle in the ocean to being part of the landscape for centuries. Extrapolating this to the tens of products we use daily and multiplying it by some thousands of million consumers in the world, we will agree the impact per day of badly-managed waste packaging can’t be neglected.
Wrapping, packaging and boxes make sense in a production chain. They exist to prevent products from degradation, wear, damages or breaking before their consumption or use. But, haven’t we gone too far? I’m sure you will have bought products in boxes containing boxes with more boxes and bubble plastic in them (typical of e-commerce). Or maybe fitted into shaped plastic containers, wrapped in plastic, placed in a box also wrapped in plastic (industrial biscuits, for instance). Yes. There’s room in the industrial world for ridiculousness.
Is it really necessary to wrap and pack all products? Or rather, to wrap and pack products already wrapped and packed!? Which are the consequences of this inefficient use of materials for our lives and the environment?
Have you ever wondered about the calories you've burnt during your workout? At EeD we've considered that and found the way to convert them into renewable energy. This is what FitWatt is about.
The concept is simple: a power plant run by exercise machines in a gym. Our new concept machines are especially designed to convert your workout movements into electricity. They are unique and nothing alike to others. For example, our rowing machine (see below) reproduces natural rowing movements, meaning better performance and smoother workout.
A FitWatt gym is not a conventional gym. The exploitation costs are radically reduced or even become profits thanks to the energy produced through interconnected machines. The electricity can be either stored (self-consumption) or sold to the grid (energy producer) as required.
Here it is! Our latest ecodesign project: the FITWATT system. Our network has again shared creativity and know-how to create a whole system integrating both new renewable energy approaches and innovating business management strategies.
From tomorrow (April 6 to 8), we will be at Palexpo in Geneva to present the details of this unique business model at the Climate Show. This project provides a great opportunity to investors and companies willing to tackle climate issues whereas attaining outstanding economic results within a Circular Economy framework.