Gallery: SUSTAIN: 7 Exciting Green Designs from the Royal College of Ar...

Our coverage of the 2011 London Design Festival will be drawing to a close pretty soon (sadly - it's been so much fun!), but we definitely plan to go out with a bang. That's easy to do with Sustain, an exhibit of several remarkable designs from London's Royal College of Art. Although we are keen to showcase everything from materials to funky green cars, we were especially excited to stumble across a couple of previously-covered projects in person, including the amazing Solar Sinter 3D Printer (seen above). Skip past the jump for our exclusive Design Festival pictures straight from the Royal College of Art!

Working for Inhabitat doesn’t feel like work when we get to check out the best talent coming out of 100% Design, or when we get to hang around a functioning greenhouse made entirely out of thousands of LEGO bricks. Not only that, but we are downright inspired by today’s intimate look at some of the most amazing solutions emerging from RCA students. Continuing the theme of saving our oceans, and following up on our previous coverage of The Sea Chair Project by Studio Swine, we are thrilled to see the Nurdler. The Nurdler harvests pernicious plastic waste from the ocean, which will eventually become a line of upcycled chairs!

It’s one thing to write about Erik de Laurens collecting fish scales from the local fishmonger and converting them into goggles and drinking glasses, but something entirely different to see these products up close and personal. They were amazingly sturdy and colorful, and presented no olfactory assault whatsoever.

Freshplus by Oliver Poyntz is definitely a cool, new product to watch out for. By including microorganisms that are already present in food in packaging, Oliver and his team are able to extend the life of food by at least two days. This range of green products could considerably cut down on the amount of fruits, vegetables, and other food that is wasted each year.

Stephoe by Mohamed Daud is a fresh new design geared towards developing countries that are still using back-breaking and antiquated farming tools. Although in the early stages of development, and in need of support, this modern twist on an old hoe features a nifty footstep that makes it much easier to leverage into the ground.


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