There are a lot of interesting design competitions going on this summer, and some of the most intriguing are sponsored by our fellow design bloggers. We just announced Core77’s Light Object Competition, and now we hear word that Treehugger is teaming up with ID Magazine to launch the Umbrella Inside-Out Competition.

How will the next generation of designers create beautiful, functional pieces that contribute to the health of the planet? The Umbrella Inside-Out Competition asks this question by focusing specifically on one little household object that needs a serious design overhaul.

“Umbrellas suffer from design flaws that often lead to their premature and messy deaths and unwelcome burials in landfills,” says Julie Lasky, Editor-in-Chief of I.D. Magazine. One aspect of the Umbrella Inside Out Competitions asks for an umbrella designed with a Cradle to Cradle(R) sensibility. This means that the object’s entire lifecycle is considered, from its sourcing and production, to the life it leads after its current use.

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