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Posted By Abigail Doan On April 28, 2008 @ 12:02 pm In Green Design Competitions,Green Design Events,Green Graphics & Packaging,New York City | 9 Comments

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We love our design competitions here at Inhabitat, and today we are partnering with The New School Sustainable Design Review (SDR) [2] in NYC, to help judge a student design competition for the much loved NY skincare company Kiehls. This year’s New School SDR design competition [3] is being organized in partnership with Kiehl’s [4]- the old-world apothecary founded in New York’s East Village neighborhood. In this post (below) you will see all of the competing sustainable designs of the 2008 student finalists [5], and want to hear YOUR feedback on which projects you find to be the most compelling and worthy of the competition’s grand prize award of $2,500!

We really want to hear your thoughts, so please comment, and VOTE HERE > [1]

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ABOUT THE DESIGN COMPETITION

As part of Kiehl’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility [6], it has challenged The New School’s students to creative innovative concepts that encourage its customers to reuse Kiehl’s packaging, in turn reducing waste. The 2008 Sustainable Design Review [2] asked students to examine the retail consumption cycle and develop solutions to decrease customer waste by increasing their awareness of this issue, whether at the point of sale, point of consumption, point of disposal, or throughout the whole system. The first round of judging has just taken place and five final projects [5] have been selected from this year’s pool of talented students.

We encourage you to share your thoughts on these innovative designs and help the competition judges decide which sustainable packaging solution should perhaps go into production, and vote in our online poll >>>

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PROJECT 1: Reusable Soapstone Bottles

Description

“The product design I would propose to Kiehl’s as way of encouraging their costumers to behave positively towards the environment would be a set of re-usable bottles made out of soapstone. The re-usable bottles would reduce the waste created by costumers that buy a new bottle every time they need more products, and the use of soap stone would work as a better alternative to the use of plastic because at the same time that plastic fabrication and recycling processes expel toxic fumes that are extremely harmful to the environment, soap stone is ready to be used in its natural state, not having to pass trough chemical processes. Aesthetically, the bottles’ design is shaped by the way the human hand holds objects. Deep imprints were carved where the hands gripped comfortably. The bottle’s handcraft beauty would also work as an appealing element to the costumer that would have his habits shaped by the relation with the product.”

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PROJECT 2: Responsible Consumer Card

Description

“Kiehl’s responsible consumer will return empty containers to Kiehl’s stores, holding 4 or more ounces, and receive a discount on their next purchase of same item (s). They will also gain credit with their “Responsible Consumer Card”. When a certain amount of credit is reached, the customer will receive a gift of equal material exchange. The gift will be made from recycled Kiehl’s materials.”

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PROJECT 3: Pear Tree Graphic – ‘eco-awareness’ branding

Description – see above

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PROJECT 4: Kiehl’s Eco Street Vending Carts

Description

“I propose the design of two carts – one mobile cart for transporting fresh ingredients from the green market to the store and another stationary cart for vending juice. The portable cart utilizes the efficiency of Ferris-wheel technology so that picking out ingredients according to the consumer’s request is convenient. The stationary cart will have a sink for washing produce and basket for organic waste. The stationary cart has a cutting board attached that will connect to the portable cart once it’s brought from the greenmarket. Cups used for vending juice are of biodegradable material. The baskets are clear so the customer is aware of what ingredients are available.”

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PROJECT 5: Reusable Tyvek Shopping Tote

description – see above

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These finalists will now spend the next several weeks refining their concepts, working closely with the team from Kiehl’s, which is providing financial support for the development of prototypes and models. The winning concept will be announced in May, and Kiehl’s may support the development of the winning project for use or display in Kiehl’s stores in New York and nationally. The student whose work is chosen as the winning design will receive an award of $2,500. Good luck everyone!

+ The New School’s Sustainable Design Review (SDR) [7]
+ SDR 2008 Student Competition [8]
+ Kieh’s: Since 1851 [4]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/28/the-new-school-creates-sustainable-design-for-kiehls/

[2] The New School Sustainable Design Review (SDR): http://www.newschool.edu/sdr/

[3] New School SDR design competition: http://www.newschool.edu/sdr/2008-contest.aspx?s=1

[4] Kiehl’s: http://www.kiehls.com/_us/_en/home/index.aspx

[5] sustainable designs of the 2008 student finalists: http://www.newschool.edu/sdr/2008-slideshow.aspx

[6] Kiehl’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility: http://www.kiehls.com/_us/_en/about/index.aspx?TopicCode=About^Company^Environmental_Commitment&

[7] + The New School’s Sustainable Design Review (SDR): http://www.newschool.edu/sdr/default.aspx

[8] + SDR 2008 Student Competition : http://www.newschool.edu/sdr/2008-contest.aspx

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