The 10 best eco-friendly designs for the environmentalist in you


Our unhealthy practices and ways of life are truly harmful to the environment and are slowly leading to its deterioration. And the world has changed (for the worse) because of it. Therefore, it is extremely important to live sustainably and consciously and to take care of the environment. Designers and creators are inventing eco-friendly alternatives for almost everything. Every product that is needed and used by us in our daily routine has an ecological alternative to it. Replacing our usual mass-produced designs with these eco-friendly options will make a huge difference to the environment and Mother Earth. From soap packs made from artichoke scraps to eco-friendly iPhone 14 cases – we’ve curated a whole collection of sustainable product designs to help you go green!

1. The Kreis Cup


Discover the Kreis Cup, a sustainable, durable coffee mug designed to enhance your coffee drinking experience! Available in mug and travel mug styles, the Kreis Cup is a reusable mug made from used coffee grounds and plant-based, petroleum-based plastic-free materials.

Why is it noteworthy?

It is heat resistant and designed to keep coffee hot longer. That said, the Kreis Cup is still ultimately biodegradable, unlike the plastic-based takeaway mugs you find at your local coffee shop or the flimsy ceramic mugs you use at home. Once it reaches the end of its life, the Kreis Cup easily disintegrates into the ground, leaving absolutely nothing behind.

What we like

  • Made with used coffee grounds that have been dried, treated and then suspended in a natural plant-based polymer
  • It has the faint and unmistakable scent of coffee

What we don’t like

2. Float

At first glance, this product concept for helping children eat and finish their food seems to have no connection with picky eating. Float looks like normal food storage that kids can take to school, but on closer inspection, it’s a little more interesting.

Why is it noteworthy?

The shape of the container is inspired by a ship and this is where the most discerning palates come into play. Before starting to eat, parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers of leftover food. After eating, you can then float the container in the water, and depending on how much leftover food is inside, the vessel will either lose balance and sink or, if they’ve run out of food, float. This gives some interactivity in trying to get kids to eat all of their food.

What we like

  • Made with sustainable materials
  • Children will have fun assembling and disassembling the container

What we don’t like

  • I’m not sure if this will actually get kids to eat food they might not like

3. Packioli



A Turkish designer was able to invent a soap packaging called “Packioli” which is both hygienic and non-plastic and therefore more ecological. One thing that most similar products lack is convenience and they have been able to add that to that as well.

Why is it noteworthy?

He used artichoke leaves and combined them with peapod bioplastic to create packaging that commercial soap brands can actually use if they really want to be more eco-conscious in creating their products.

What we like

  • The package itself can last a week if it gets wet and later begins to disintegrate in the water

What we don’t like

  • People might find the packaging look a bit quirky and weird

4. Remix Maison



Remix Maison was born from the collaboration between designer Irina Flore and Native Shoes using the latter’s material called Native Shoes Remix. This patented material consists of repurposed footwear, using in particular EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) and rubber.

Why is it noteworthy?

Shoes that are no longer used are cleaned and then ground into a new type of material and then used for other purposes. Sculptural structures also use metal for their frame. For this particular collection, they have created a piece of furniture that also looks like a work of art.

What we like

  • Created with reused materials
  • Robust and ergonomic

What we don’t like

5. Coffee B.



The Swedish coffee brand CoffeeB has devised a coffee machine that uses ecological single-dose coffee balls. So basically it is similar to pod coffee machines except this one has no pods or plastic capsules, so you are not contributing to the plastic waste in the world.

Why is it noteworthy?

Coffee Balls can last up to three months at room temperature or if you keep them in your ref. And after using them, they can be turned into compost or natural fertilizer for home plants and gardens. In case you don’t know how to use them after coffee, the machine comes with instructions and guides on how to recycle them properly.

What we like

  • Made with partially recycled materials
  • The coffee grounds used are organic and Fair Trade certified

What we don’t like

  • Not sure if the packaging can affect the flavor of the coffee

6. Mujo



Mujjo has created a collection of luxurious iPhone 14 cases! The enclosures are expected to be the company’s greenest to date.

Why is it noteworthy?

The cases are created by Ecco Leather, which is now classified as Gold by the Leather Working Group. The beautiful vegetable tanned leather is made in the Netherlands and offers a durable finish that will develop a patina over time, making each individual case unique. The inside of the case is lined with the finest Japanese microfiber, thin, light and yet extremely durable.

What we like

  • A raised bump around the rear camera provides excellent protection for protruding lenses
  • The skin rises slightly 1mm above the edge of the glass, creating a raised bezel, which ensures that the abrasive surfaces are away from the screen

What we don’t like

7. The third dimension


The third dimension is a product concept that uses rice straw to create not only the fabric, but also the boxes they fit into. Like anyone who has lived without a bidet or suffers from various allergies and diseases, tissue paper is among the most widely used materials. In reality only a small part is used and the rest is discarded. Reuse leads to so many hygienic and medical problems. Some of them come in disposable boxes, so the container is also part of the waste.

Why is it noteworthy?

The use of biodegradable and recyclable materials such as rice straw can help limit waste. Third Size is a multi-format carton that can hold replaceable tissue packs. The different sized holes allow you to choose the size of the handkerchief you will need, whether to blow your nose, clean a table or do your business in the bathroom. The box is sturdy enough that it can be reused multiple times and can also be used as a container for other things if you don’t need tissue paper.

What we like

  • Helps limit waste
  • The box is sturdy enough to be reused multiple times

What we don’t like

8. B-Essay



Unveiled this year at Dutch Design Week, “B-Wise” is a unique and grungy looking lampshade that is actually made of mycelium, the vegetative part of a mushroom or fungus that often grows beneath the surface while we only notice the caps. fungi that make their way through the ground or the bark of trees.

Why is it noteworthy?

The hanging lamp, which measures a whopping 60cm wide, has a grungy look that is unique to each lamp. To make each lamp, Myceen’s designers take an empty mold and fill it with mycelium along with organic waste material from the wood and agricultural industries, including sawdust and straw, which the mycelium can feed on. Within just 5 weeks, the mycelium takes the shape of the mold and is then unmolded and dehydrated to prevent further growth.

What we like

What we don’t like

9. Kudarat



Meet Kudarat, an alternative to synthesized skin using algae, food and fiber waste. Created by Divya Verma of the National Institute of Design in India, Kudarat is based on the concepts of circularity and sustainability, focusing on the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

Why is it noteworthy?

Kudarat leather resembles animal skin but is cruelty free, waterproof, compostable, antimicrobial and has good tensile strength, making it perfect for practical applications. He secured the national runner-up position at this year’s James Dyson Awards, having been narrowly beaten by a design for a reusable EpiPen.

What we like

  • They are dyed with natural colors derived from food and flower scraps
  • The skin feels and tough as traditional animal skin

What we don’t like

10. Airy



The award-winning prototype Airy is a light, comfortable, fashionable and even sustainable type of brace for correcting lateral curvature of the spine.

Why is it noteworthy?

In fact, the designer created it after talking to a group of teenagers, which is the demographic most affected by scoliosis. She has tried to solve the weaknesses of the current back braces available on the market and has come up with something that is not only comfortable but fits the still growing bodies of her users.

What we like

  • The prototype is made of translucent polylactic acid (PLA) and its padding has a Voronoi pattern not only for the aesthetics but to let the brace breathe

What we don’t like

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