The winners of the No Waste Challenge draw from a wide range of strategies for reducing waste and its impact on the planet. The competition’s top prize will launch these 16 ground-breaking ideas into action with funding, publicity and a tailor-made development programme.
FAU USP | BRAZIL
Dapoda collects organic waste from urban tree pruning, and investigates new ways to extend the value of this raw material through experimental products and designs.
Gerardo Montes de Oca Sierra | MEXICO
Hagamos Composta strives to give everyone the opportunity to compost their organic waste responsibly. Already in 8 cities in Mexico and 2 in Honduras, this service offers home pick-up in colourful buckets.
Documentary Design GbR | GERMANY
Mapu Preto are eco-friendly sound systems handmade out of clay that reunite traditional crafts and technology through heritage-led-innovation.
modern synthesis | UNITED KINGDOM
Employing microbes to grow customisable and fully circular biomaterials for the fashion industry using local agricultural waste, like those from apple farms.
CLAYBENS | Netherlands
PFAS are toxic chemicals that pose a growing problem for both human health and the environment. This project offers a clean-up solution, through a process that turns polluted soil and clay into clean ceramic bricks.
RADIAL Biomateriales | mexico
Using fungal biotech, RADIAL transforms agricultural waste into carbon-neutral materials, replacing styrofoam, MDF as well as animal and plastic leathers.
Andrea Michael De la Peña Aguirre | mexico
Combining ancient techniques, contemporary design and waste from the pineapple industry, Sustrato develops sustainable materials and products including rope, bioplastic and felt.
These No Waste Challenge projects caught the eye of the jury with their approach and commitment to the issue of waste. As shining examples of sustainable design, these honourable mentions are invaluable to the global movement towards a more circular, no-waste future.
varsha sastry | INDIA
Earthlings is a mobile app and service offering plastic-free home pregnancy tests, with the goal of reducing medical waste and making healthcare services more accessible and affordable to women across the country.
DON YAW KWANING | NETHERLANDS
Medulla transforms soft rush (a type of weed found in wetlands and moors) into circular building materials that lower the use of energy through high-quality insulation.
TEIKYO UNIVERSITY | JAPAN
A full-circle composting initiative which collects food waste from schools and offices in Tokyo, converts it to fertiliser, then uses it to grow fresh produce for the community.