From Soap Nuts to Solar Lilies: Green Dot's Innovations Awards
The Eco-Diet Exhibition asks, What Unnecessary Object can we lose?
The Green Dot Awards threw a reception on Thursday for winners of its biannual honors for innovative environmental projects, products and services. An international group of impressive winners that spanned areas from transportation and design to building and entertainment/culture, covered both both practical and conceptual ideas of greenness. At a time when the eco-movement is gaining mainstream acceptance, these forward-thinkers take green to a new level of sustainability with entries hailing from Glasgow to Turkey, and the state of Georgia. First, second and third prizes were all as interesting as honorable mentions:
Namir in Arabic means tiger, the fastest hybrid in the world.
Mission Motors fastest production electric motorcycle written about in Treehugger got first place with third place going to Namir, a concept car born of the collaboration between Italdesign Giugiaro and Frazer-Nash, with the fastest hybrid in the world, zero to 100 in 3.5 seconds with an 814 cc endothermic rotary engine with four electric motors, guaranteeing autonomy of 39 km with one litre of fuel CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per km traveled.
LivingHomes took first place for the Santa Monica home built from the Kieran Timberlake design of four modules with Zero Water, Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Emissions, Zero Carbon, and Zero Ignorance. In the second spot is Schad Gallery of Biodiversity in Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum, a contemporary exhibition in a heritage building, showcasing endangered specimens with a powerful message.
Decobrick is carbon zero and DIY.
Taking first place, Decobricks are made from disposable plastic tea, coffee cups or other plastic packaging pieces reused at the end of their life cycle. Carbon-free, DIY, water-resistant, and heat insolating, this product was created by DesignNobis in Ankara, Turkey, which also won another mention in the best concept category.
The top spot went to Parducci Wine Cellars which makes wine from locally-farmed grapes, using sustainable farming practices, utilizing 100% renewable green power including solar panels, and employing earth-friendly packaging. The California vineyard uses bio-diesel, has reduced its water use by 25%, has a biodynamic soil using pomace (grape seeds, stems and skins) recovered from winemaking as fertilizer. In second place (pictured above), a clever dual-purpose lavabo was designed by P-Arch of Istanbul. Another winner in this category is the Greenward Ridge Vent, described in detail in Treehugger, with a built-in solar thermal hot water heating system.
In third place, NaturOli's laundry detergent and household cleaner, Extreme 18X, is formulated from a water-based soap berry extraction process. A traditional and natural cleaner from Asia, it's biodegradable with no added synthetics, chemicals, toxins, dyes or fragrance and only takes one teaspoon for a standard washing machine load. Also in services, Sun Light & Power and Evergreen Recycling took first and second place.
Entertainment & Culture
The Eco-Diet for Design, asks What is Eco-Design? Do we really need another chair, even if it's sustainably manufactured? Opening the debate, Carolina Nisivoccia, a Milan, Italy-based architect proposes an interactive traveling exhibit, where visitors bring an "Unnecessary Object" they possess and leave it at the show, weighing in and out to see how much they've lightened their load. Cate Trotter's Insider London Green Tour offers a 3-hour excursion through the city's best sustainable products, shops, architecture, and inspiring communities, such as the Downings Road Moorings photo above.
Among the many other honors prizes were given to Solar Lilies, Fire Knight, WaterPebble, GrassRoutes Travel, Post-a-Phone, Yves Behar's fuseproject's NYC bike helmets, a windfarm, green school, and The GreenWorks Center in Georgia which diverts six billion pounds of carpeting from landfill, turning 90% of the country's post-consumer carpet waste into reusable products.
Founded by the Farmani Group in 2006, which also presents the Lucie Awards for photography, the selections for the Green Dot Awards were made by a impressive jury of writers, artists, and environmental consultants, including Dave Evans, author of Cool Green Stuff: A Guide to Finding Great Recycled, Sustainable, Renewable Objects You Will Love, and Daniel D. Chiras, Ph.D., author of The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy, The New Ecological Home, The Solar House, The Natural House, and Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods.
Submissions for the 2011 Green Dot Awards will run through December 2010.