Pollution and climate change is O-U-T. Living the clean and green life is in! Or at least it should be, for our own good. These ‘green’ designers seem to be getting the right idea. Green Life, a contest sponsored by Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea and Designboom, recently concluded with a list of what actually appears like viable designs for making technology and everyday life more environment-friendly.
First prize went to Rochus Jacob’s “Thermodynamic Cooler” and “Murakami Chair.” Jacob presents the cooler as an alternative to electric refrigerators which emit harmful gases that harm the ozone layer. The two-pot container uses the natural evaporation of water to cool the food and destroy microorganisms inside the pots; all you have to do is to add water every couple of days.
Grandparents would enjoy the Murakami Chair as it uses the rocking motion to generate electricity for an attached reading lamp.
Other winning designs include Jin-young Yoon and Jeongwoong Kwon’s “Save Water Brick,” which uses dead leaves and disposable plastic to absorb and store rain water, and David Veldkamp’s “Local Plate.”
These designers prove that it’s not hard to imagine a good future if we do something now to make the present a better time to live in. -RAYRAE