Social responsibility is a crucial element of innovation. We need more respect and awareness, in regards to who makes our things and their working conditions, how production standards affect local communities and the environmental impact of mass distribution. Everything comes to us with a story, which often remains untold, therefore consumers unknowingly contribute to an anonymous collective act of degradation. Transparency and accountability are key ingredients to bring consumers on board and making them collaborative agents of change. In this frame of mind, re-using and recycling become the norm, resulting in new processes, materials, supply chains and narratives.


The Prize will be awarded to people and organizations committed to experiment, innovate, invent. The value of the projects is not only in the final outcome, but in the process itself.

10 – Anna Saint Pierre – Rubble as heritage

This PhD project relies on a practice-based and design-led methodology informed by the textile and material design background of its main investi- gator as well as the past, current and future projects of the architectural agency scau, in which this research is primarily developed and rooted.

Central to this approach is the collection of site-specific deconstruction materials (blocks, fragments, gravel, sand, dust etc) that are subsequently sorted and transformed to become part of a new architectural cycle on the same place. Pointing at this furtive moment where the status of building materials is being transformed, this project explores how to give to these deposits in-becoming a second life by investigating site – specific loops of remanence able to nurture the conception, building and experience of a new edifice or its rehabilitation.
Once collected and selected, several transformation protocols at the cross of craftsmanship and industrial knowledge are developed to transform rubble into a new architectural materiality. This process is adjusted for each project, leading to specific materials primarily manufactured from the hyper-local resources of the deconstruction site. As such, the demolished building physically informs the conception and materialization of a new edifice under the forms of fillers, aggregates or pigments that will determine part or totality of the new material and therefore built environment’s colour, matter, the texture, weight etc. In this way, the trans-materialized memory of the building becomes one of its constitutive components.


A jacket to wear the climate revolution, mixing craft, digital design, and material tech. A new textile technology to neutralize GHG gasses starts here.

WEARPURE.TECH JACKET jacket blends together material tech with scripting and digital fabrication processes, shaping a new fashion aesthetic. The jacket breaths like leaves of a tree, neutralizing pollution from the air.

91 – Massimo Marcelli – SPOON

Detector pesticides still present in vegetables to soak in the water. The special capsule coloring itself indicates the presence of pesticide residues. Within a second of the gradation of color filter we will show us when they still have to wash our vegetables until you have a clean and satisfactory result.

102 – Muzzicycles – Muzzicycles

In 2013 the company Imaplast Ind e Com de Moldes Ltda launched a proposal for ecological urban mobility, which had been developed since 1998, a sustainable product that has a scale of application external to the organization, expanding its frontiers of activity with a global impact. In short, it is an ecological bicycle frame injected in plastic in a single piece. The process started by looking at a bone, which, because it was hollow, gave us the idea of ​​a bicycle barrel, and from that we made the first pictures in the form of sculptural plastic skeleton trying to imitate nature. A priori, the idea was to eliminate fossil fuel debris. After visiting a bicycle frame industry, and analyzing the industrial process, we realized the high cost of CO2 in manufacturing. We started to see the possibility of eliminating minerals such as: iron, bauxite, stop processing alumina, reducing excess water and energy consumption, all of this would be possible in the plastic injection process.

171 – Team Ervis – Ship to clean oceans

It started around three and half years back when I saw some documentaries on National Geographic channel on the ocean waste problem and two things stuck to me, the first was the magnitude of the problem and the second the impact it has on life.
ERVIS is a bleeding edge design of a ship with chambers and saucers surrounding it.
Designing ERVIS I was cautious I didn’t want it to add to the problem of ocean pollution which current ships in oceans do. Currently around 20% of waste in oceans is contributed by marine ships so I wanted ERVIS not to be a contributor to it. And so I wanted ERVIS to be powered by renewable energy sources like solar and renewable natural gas.

The ship is essentially a large boat with saucers and compartments. The saucers float and rotate on surface of ocean to pull the waste inside. The ship also has multiple compartments to store the waste. Once waste is collected, ERVIS segregates it depending on the type of waste it collects. There are four main type of plastic which is there in oceans. There is the large plastic, medium, small and micro plastic which lies in oceans. ERVIS has different chambers to store the segregated waste and it also has an oil chamber to collect waste oil. What ERVIS would do is based on the type of plastic it collects it would compact and store it. Once waste is collected and analyzed we would send it back to land for recycling.

120 – Jeyxia – Plastic Bin

The most heavily consumed plastic in the world is the water bottle. It is the most frequently discarded plastic in everyday life, and is often overlooked compared to other types of plastic. Plastic Bin allows anyone to participate in the recycling of plastic in the most efficient and effective way. Plastic Bin helps everyone to take environmental responsibility for the water bottles they consume by allowing the water bottles to be easily recycled into completely different plastic products. Plastic Bin’s mission is to create enjoyment for everybody participating in the recycling process of water bottles for the greater environmental good of the world. We encourage happiness to flow from the smallest things we can do by ourselves for a greener world.

139 – META – Materials made sustainable

META is a space to collect and make available materials commonly regarded as waste, in order to expand their life cycle and give them new value.
META’ s headquarter is a warehouse located in Milan Bovisa, where structures from exhibitions and set-ups are dismantled and sorted by type of material in order to prepare them for sale and rental.
META creates an inventory of materials and scenography on constant updating, and throught its procedures aims to increase the creative potential of single projects.

158 – Slamp SpA – From Lamps to Beehives

Slamp greets 2020 with a new project geared towards the planet’s wellbeing: a new collaboration sees leftover cuttings transformed in portable beehives. Slamp has been practicing sustainability for over 25 years. Their resistant, long-lasting technopolymers not only exhibit optimal thermal, electrical, and chemical properties, but these unique materials are recyclable. Slamp’s manufacturing processes have zero impact on the environment: the lamps’ technopolymer sheets undergo cold cutting before being constructed by hand. The small amount of extra cuttings are recycled monthly, in since the beginning of 2020, a portion of those are being made into beehives for bumblebees by DS-Group. Bumblebees, part of the Apidae family, are widely used in pollinating fruit trees (replacing chemicals). They are used for tomatoes as well, and ensure quality, juicy crops.

165 – Enis Akiev – Plastic Stone Tiles

This work is called “Plastic Stone Tiles – The Nature of Waste”. These are tiles consisting of post- consumer plastic waste. Origin of the work were the questions, “What is waste?” and “Where is ‘away’?”. Waste is something subjective. What is considered waste in one place or situation can be a resource under other conditions. Waste is unused material. And there is no such thing as ‘away’. The majority of plastic waste ends up in the sea. This gave rise to the question of how plastic waste behaves in nature. Under natural influences it forms plastiglomerate. A compound of plastic and natural geological components. It is a new kind of rock. Based on this, I investigated rock forming processes and developed methods to give lightweight packaging waste a natural-looking rock-like structure.

254 – Jeffe Van Holle – Positive Pressure

Farmer markets in developing countries are one of my favourite places. They are colourful, bustling, filled with energy and food. But unfortunately, a large quantity of waste is also a reality on these markets. Every day, one third of all the food on farmer markets goes to waste.

With Positive Pressure, I found potential in the characteristics within these farmer markets.
Positive Pressure is an interactive prologue to help introduce the African Biogas Partnership Program initiated by Hivos and SNV. Together, they aim to provide half a million people access to a sustainable source of energy. Biogas energy derives from a rotting process of organic waste. This smelly, yet clean energy measures to be healthier for its users and the environment when compared to ordinary energy resources like firewood and charcoal.

My passion is to create qualitative interactions that express a deeper or alternative understanding about a subject. As a designer, I aim to bring my message across by provoking meaningful dynamics between all players of a particular subject. With my project Positive Pressure, this method proves no different. Let me explain what I mean: the prologue is performed in two phases. The objectives in phase one are to develop familiarity and awareness on waste streams. Then the objectives in phase two are to educate and promote the potential of those waste streams.

During the first stadium, a team collects organic waste with multiple farmers, which is the source for our clean energy. A mobile biodigester from ABPP is a very low-tech installation to process the waste to a gas. This digesting process requires some time; therefore accumulating the energy resources around the market will offer plenty of moments to provoke opportunities for getting familiar with the farmers and their waste perceptions.
When there is enough biogas produced to activate the pressure tools; one or more curious farmers will be selected to become pilot users and promoters of biogas energy. Education on this subject brings the relationship with the target group to a next level.
The pressure tools demonstrate the potential that the farmers now know to explain further to others.


258 – The Tyre Collective – The Tyre Collective

Today, half a million tons of tyre particles are produced annually in Europe. It is the second-largest microplastic pollutant and a stealthy source of air pollution in our environment. Future vehicle pollution will not come from the tailpipe, but from tyres, and we must act now!

The Tyre Collective aims to mitigate tyre wear emissions by capturing them at the source with our patent-pending technology. These particles can be reused in new tyre production and inks, creating a closed-loop system. In our fight against pollution, tyres have largely been ignored. Now, together, we can save our air from tyre wear!

307 – Smile Plastics – Smile Plastics

“Smile Plastics Was Created to Manufacture Decorative Panels and Products From Different Waste Streams. Set Up in the Uk in 2014, It Has Gone From Strength to Strength Selling Recycled Plastics for Commercial and Residential Fit Outs Around the World.

Smile Offers a Core Range of Large Scale 2m X 1m Panels Made From 100% Recycled Plastics. Not Only Are They 100% Recycled, but They Are Also 100% Recyclable. We Can ‘close the Loop’ on Our Customers’ Waste-streams by Both Transforming Our Customers’ Own Waste-streams Directly, and by Offering ‘buy-back Schemes’ at the End of the Products’ Life. Smile Plastics Prides Itself on Offering the Most Exquisite and High Quality Materials on the Market, as Well as Customising Colours and Patterns Based on Our Clients’ Requirements.

We Are Constantly Innovating in Our Materials Processing, Sourcing Varied Waste-streams and Processing Them in Order to Add as Much Value to Them as Possible. The Finished Panels Are Highly Versatile and Can Be Cut, Milled, Moulded, Glued and Screwed. As the Materials Have a Solid Core, They Are Decorative Throughout the Sheet and Are Sturdy, Waterproof and Rot Resistant, Therefore Offering Wide Ranging Applications.

Smile Plastics’ Production Methodologies Are Energy Light. The Energy Used to Make Smile Plastics Materials is From Renewable Sources. Furthermore the Recycling Processes Are Significantly Less Energy Intensive Than Traditional Recycling Technologies. We Save a Minimum of 195.5 Co2 Kg Per Tonne of Plastics Recycled Compared to Conventional Plastics Recycling. Unsophisticated Manufacturing Technologies Will Destabilise the Polymers, Making Toxic Waste. Our Unique Technology Has Reduced Heat From Our Manufacturing Process, Extending the Functional Life of the Polymers We Use, Whilst Maintaining the Highest Quality End Product

334 – Matteo Brasili – Tre Miglia

“Tre Miglia” is a system that aims to combat hydrosphere pollution by exploiting the habits of the human being that flies over the waters, through the creation of an innovative circular business to business system, which includes two different industrial sectors such as manufacturing companies and fishermen, and through the introduction of a tool capable of raising the capacity of man and his boat to capture microplastics present in the seas.

337 – Mogu – Mogu Acoustic

Mogu Acoustic collection marks an unprecedented revolution for interior design comfort. Mogu Acoustic modules are made from soft, foam-like mycelium materials and of upcycled textile residues. Thanks to the unique technology, Mogu Acoustic panels represent today the most sustainable solution dedicated to acoustic comfort. They are characterised by a unique velvety finishing and a 3D shape, to maximise sound absorption.

352 – Oiko Design Office – Towards New Circular Aesthetics

What if we could standardize injection processes, in order to obtain textures and color ranges, that meet the demands of the industry?

If we leave aside the industrial homogenization in darker colors – that can’t ensure exact replicability -, we can open the doors to the variety and heterogeneity of natural materials, such as wood or stone, and expand the market for recycled plastics. Different wood pieces will never have the exact same appearence, but they are accepted by the user.

Ideally, we would be able to generate a table of parameters that define the new aesthetics of injected recycled plastic, that are aligned with the technical reality and consumer behaviours – framed in a new design scenario within circular economy model.

Therefore, we have two lines of research and development:

1) Technical development of a method for the recycled plastic injection that results in standardized heterogeneous aesthetics.

2) Experiential and user perception analysis.


368 – Shreya Bansal – Plastic Waste Collection with a Social Impact

A vending machine that accepts plastic bottles as a currency and offers, food, clothing and beverage items in return. The best part it is gesture based! So no more pressing buttons, one can simply point at the product and enjoy.

The aim is to make recycling a habit. Using Vendo should become a part of their daily routine and to do that it needs to be placed at as many places as possible, so whenever any person has an empty plastic bottle in their hands they can simply drop it in Vendo instead of throwing it in dustbins! This solves two major problems, one is collection at source and second is that, these collected bottles would be free from contamination with other waste thus increasing their recycling capacity.

400 – Uma Smith – Empower.

Empower. is a reusable menstrual pad designed for better sanitation and discretion. Currently waste generated by menstrual products totals about 200,000 tons a year. Empower. is made from polyester recycled from PET products such as plastic bottles, and can be reused for ten years. More and more companies are turning to such materials due to their sustainability.
But what about the people that make such products? Many of the people who work with recycled polyester fabrics are from the world’s third largest garment producer – India. Today, factory workers in India encounter deplorable working conditions. Fast-fashion has drastically changed the garment industry – slashing pay and putting more emphasis on time than anything else. Most factory workers get paid so little they cannot afford menstrual pads, and resort to using dirty rags. Even if they managed to purchase a reusable pad, the bathroom facilities do not have clean water to wash it, they only get a short lunch break in which to change, and women are afraid of being harassed if seen carrying a pad due to cultural beliefs. Without proper menstrual care, not only do factory workers suffer, easily getting infected and too often contracting chronic illnesses, but it also creates an even wider gap in gender inequality. This is not an issue exclusive to factory workers. Lack of proper menstrual care has been pin-pointed as the reason why 25% of schoolgirls skip school and eventually drop out every year – limiting their career options to low-skill jobs such as being a factory worker. This creates a vicious cycle, keeping generations of women in poverty.
While there are many initiatives working to combat this issue, they all face a major hurdle: stigma. Menstruation is seen as dirty and impure. Even if reusable menstrual pads are free, many women are still hesitant to use them due to two main issues: social discretion and sanitation. Current reusable pads require hours to dry in the sun in order to be fully sanitized. Women are embarrassed, and therefore attempt to wash and dry them in hiding. Current pads do not dry fast enough this way, and it is difficult to see if all the blood comes out. Taking care of the pads in such a manner makes them just as dirty as the rags they often resort to using instead. While increasing awareness and education will address the issue in the long term, it takes a significant amount of time – a luxury we do not have. We need an immediate solution that women are willing to adopt in their current socio-economic climate. 

472 – Gerhard Bär – socialplastics

Social Plastics is an art intervention and non-profit society promoting humanitarian and sustainable development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of the United Nations through the implementation of social projects. The transfer of technology and expertise related to the recycling of plastic waste allows for a development of local and informal humanitarian recycling systems, while simultaneously promoting the reduction of environmental pollution and raising awareness. Moreover, people are empowered to achieve sustainable economic independence through direct plastics processing and value added, hence promoting the societal development of local communities.
Based on the expertise of realized interventions in Mexico, India and Syria, Social Plastics will initially be implemented in three new pilot projects. Additionally, an international platform will be set up to coordinate the wider network. Following this pilot phase, the system of train-the-trainer approach, international technology transfer and local networks will be rolled out globally and linked via an international platform.
Social Plastics goals. Poverty reduction, societal and economic development, social responsibility and environmental awareness.

482 – Elena Pennelli – Plastic’s right

The aim of Plastic’s right is to allow consumers to act positively on the process of plastics’ recycle, by choosing plastic products that can profitably impact on the phase of selection, this way boosting the potentiality of the recycling system. Plastic’s right consist of a spectrometer, similar to those used on industrial lines for selection. Differently from his industrial “collegues”, it is a low-cost sensor that comes as part of an open-source project, whose aim is to shed light on plastics and the process of its selection.
Spectrometers can positively distinguish recyclable plastics based on their chemical compositions but only provided that some conditions on minimum size and brightness of color are met. Else, they cannot see anything clear and outliers are discarded and burned.
Not all of the differentiated plastic materials are really recyclable though, not even those that are marked with a RIC (Resic Identification Code).
Design and science must cooperate in order to widespread reliable information and give users the chance to be fully aware of their deeds.
Cooperation amongst consumers will guide production toward completely recyclable products and give back to plastics the value it deserves.
Plastic’s right is not a solution to the problem of plastic: it is a means with which to know about it, and knowledge means freedom in our choices.
Let’s choose the right plastic, because plastic’s right.

558 – GreenBin – GreenBin

New generation of public trashbins. Solar powered, sensor equipped recycling stations. Air quality index monitor, garbage fill level updates, LED lights, WiFi connection, compaction ratio 1:6, smart audio speaker with motion sensor. Durabale, safe, easy to install and easy to use recycle stations.

565 – ECOACT TANZANIA – Chemical free transformation of Plastic waste to manufacture Plastic timbers

We use chemical free technology to transform plastic waste and packaging materials into durable plastic timbers used for building, construction as well as furniture making. We collect our raw materials ( plastic waste ) with a social benefit where the poor families are able to exchange their plastic waste with Medical health Insurance.