Over 400 exhibitors recently showcased the best in product design, fashion design and communication design at the 5 day Design Indaba Expo in Cape Town. The Design Indaba Conference took place simultaneously, where over 40 international speakers gave presentations on social design and the transformational power of creativity. Cape Town is also the World Design Capital 2014, and it's supporting 450 projects to transform the city. Inhabitat picked the 10 most outstanding examples of sustainable product design at the expo - from an innovative slow cooking device and energy-generating soccer balls to a race car made from hemp!
Goodbye Malaria pajama pants are made from locally manufactured South African shweshwe fabric. Proceeds from sales go to help support the fight against malaria in Africa.
This recycled cement paper bag by The Wren Design was handmade in South Africa.
Soccket is a soccer ball by day and a lamp by night. The kinetic energy generating ball allows children in developing countries to play during the day and work on homework at night.
The Wonderbag offers an energy-efficient method of cooking food. It continues to cook food that has been brought to a boil by conventional methods, without the additional use of fuel.
These Shake the World bracelets were made in South Africa by women in KwaZulu Natal. The company seeks to raising awareness of the eight Millennium Development Goals set by the UN in 2000 to reduce poverty by 2015.
The Nostalgia bag by South African designer Dennis Chuene is a contemporary bag made from the same material often used by refugees and homeless people. Chuene seeks to remind us how precious it is to have a place called home.
South African designer Milky Rose creates gorgeous chandeliers from the bottoms of plastic water and ginger beer bottles.
Tana‘s colorful laptop bags are woven from recycled cotton t-shirts on old African hardwood Hugh looms.
Photos by Irene Vermeulen for Inhabitat