The reigning champion of the cola wars has just widened the gap. The Coca-Cola company’s “Give It Back” racks are an industry first. Not only are they asking U.S. retailers to return their shelving, but they intend to develop 100% recyclable racks for display of all Coca-Cola products:
“Coca-Cola recovered 400 million pounds of cans and bottles in the U.S. in 2010, yet we want to do more,” said Gary Wygant, Vice President, Business Development, Coca-Cola Recycling. “By creating a 100 percent recyclable merchandise display rack, Coca-Cola is asking grocery and convenience stores to join our sustainability efforts by returning or recycling our racks, just like we ask consumers to return or recycle our product packaging.”
If only this change of heart could translate into a healthier product for consumption…
A little something to eccentrify your work space: Sushi sticky tabs by Nico. Click to see (more…)
The Kayo Corp. keeps it fresh with their Mid-Century series skateboard decks by Organika. We rather dig these graphic representations of three of the planet’s dopest cities. Peruse this for the complete bold & artful collection.
via the sub-studio design blog
Fuseproject and the Mexican government have teamed up to create “See Better to Learn Better,” a free new program. Acclaimed designer Yves Béhar came up with this new collection of glasses, Collección Escolar 2010, made specifically for students. His glasses are customizable for changing fashions (and prescriptions) and they’re made of nearly-unbreakable Gilamid plastic. As part of the program, schools will offer free eye exams, and the glasses themselves, which will be produced locally in Mexico.
Rain doesn’t have to be dreary. The Rain Drum is a beat making product that features mounted sound inputs on the exterior of an umbrella top that make different drum noises when raindrops touch it. The shade of the umbrella contains five wax-cloth coverings with varying elasticities to create a range of tones and frequencies, depending on the size and speed of the falling rain drop.
Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre have developed a material they call Ecocradle. It feels, looks, and pretty much functions exactly like styrofoam. What is so interesting about this material is that it is comprised of only organic matter with mushroom roots acting as the glue to bring it all together. For more on the duo’s research and development head over to L Magazine.
It’s Monday morning so we felt this Flickr set by sarcoptiform was appropriate. It is a great series that showcases the subtle differences in an average ‘coffee lid’
Photo Source: GE
Due to hit stores as early as the fall of 2010, the GE Energy Smart LED replaces 40-watt general service incandescent bulbs with nine watts of consumption, 450 lumens of light, and 25,000 hours of rated life.
GE’s press release elaborates: “This is a bulb that can virtually light your kid’s bedroom desk lamp from birth through high school graduation,” says John Strainic, global product general manager, GE Lighting. “It’s an incredible advancement that’s emblematic of the imagination and innovation that GE’s applying to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”
Read more about the GE LED Smart Bulb here.
In 2008 Yves Behar, of the Fuse Project, worked with New York City’s Health Department to promote safe sex in the Big Apple. which resulted in his creation of the NYC Condom dispenser (above) along with the condom packaging (below).
To keep the condom distribution campaign fresh, the city decided to redesign the overall look of the packaging by introducing a ‘call for entries’ competition. The five finalists have been announced and voting has begun. Peruse the following and vote for your favorite. (more…)
The city of Barcelona with the guidance of their Environmental Department, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Ros Roca and Nord Engineering, now have public recycling containers that are thoughtful in design, and intuitive usability.
The containers include identification elements to make it easier for all people to locate and distinguish between them in public spaces. Each waste category is associated with a color: organic—brown, general waste—grey, cardboard and paper—blue, plastic packaging—yellow and glass—green. Containers are lined up in the same order everywhere, making it easy for the blind or visually-impaired to identify them.
For more innovative recycling containers see below: (more…)