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Shift | Fresh Talent Sustainable Design Winners

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The winners of the 2012-2013 Fresh Talent Sustainable Design Competition, hosted by local NPO Shift, were announced recently. The competition began in September 2012 with a call to young creatives to submit proposals and designs that addressed the issues of sustainability under the brief Small Change, A World of Difference.

 

The project aims to raise awareness amongst young South Africans about the role that design can play in developing practical and sustainable solutions to every day challenges. In addition to their title and prize money, the winners will go on a knowledge exchange trip to Sweden in August 2013 to learn more about the Scandinavian ways of urban sustainability and integrated design.

 

These were the winning ideas:

 

1st Place: Bronwen Smith and Rudolph Jordaan – S.A.S. Integrated Sustainability Awareness System

 

This clever concept aims to activate a large community, such as Cape Town, to be environmentally conscious through an online points based system. The system incentivizes citizens to be more ‘green’ by measuring households’ impacts through collating data related to their sustainable consumption habits, such as electricity savings, or environmentally-friendly purchases or chosing to take communal transport. The system is useful for individuals and households, while also offering a valuable data collating service to municipalities.

 

2nd Place: Colin Tomas – Seeding Guide

 

This instructional guide has seeds embedded in biodegradable paper that dissolves quickly and allows the seeds to germinate. The guide features indigenous (regional) medicinal and food plants and will be produced in South Africa’s national languages.

 

3rd Place: Gaironesa Clayton and Chad Atkins – R3

 

Their prototype is a mechanism that uses old newspaper and turns it into a briquette which replaces firewood, promotes recycling and helps solve the problem of deforestation.

 

Wild Card Winner: Ryan Allan – RE: H2O

 

RE: H2O works to recycle and filter bath and laundry water so that households can channel water into productive systems such as food gardens, providing opportunities for economic activity and environmental rehabilitation within low-income and impoverished communities.

 

Find out more about Shift at theshift.org.za.

 

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