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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: PAPER PULP PRINTER

A Dutch design student has come up with a 3D printer that uses paper instead of plastic. The papers fibrous make-up leads to surprisingly strong objects and by using a natural binder, the products are entirely recyclable. According to designer Beer Holthuis, printing with paper instead of plastic filament would also mean that the item could …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: TIGER PENIS PROJECT

Wildlife poaching is a global problem that needs to stop. But, sadly, many rare animal parts are still seen as ‘essential’ for traditional medicines. While education can help, many argue that we need alternative solutions if we really want to save our wildlife. The Tiger Penis Project, by social designer Kuang-yi Ku, explores the idea …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: WINDVOGEL

The WINDVOGEL project, by Studio Roosegaarde, is a set of ‘smart’ kites and illuminated cables that generate green energy. As the kites soar through the air and the cables sway, the movement is converted into electricity – just like the dynamo of a bicycle. This breathtaking design isn’t just for show but can supply power to about …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: OLEO SPONGE

We’ve all seen the environmental devastation of oil spills. It’s a problem that we can avoid but, once it happens, there’s little we can do to contain the damage. They often say the most simple solutions are the best ones. So, why not use the humble sponge to soak up the spill? The Oleo Sponge, …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: SMARTIANS

Often we trade in our old items not because they’re broken but because we’re persuaded to buy newer or smarter versions. But, what if there was an easier and more sustainable way to upgrade? Smartians, by FROLIC studio, are cloud-connected motors that breathe new life into your old and cherished items. Want to control your …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: CLIMATE TILE

Copenhagen is testing a new type of tile that helps reduce flooding in cities hit by increased rainfall due to climate change. Designed by architecture studio Tredje Natur, the tiles serve as a supplement to existing drainage systems. The tiles are peppered with a system of holes, tunnels and ridges that collect rainwater and funnel …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: TERRA

For millions of people around the world, it’s not a question of if but a question of when the next big earthquake will hit. And when it comes to survival, every second counts. This low-cost earthquake alarm gives residents up to 60 seconds of warning before a strike, allowing them to prepare and take refuge. …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: POTATO PLASTIC

Biodegradable materials offer great potential when it comes to curbing deadly plastic pollution. This ‘plastic’, designed by Pontus Törnqvist, is made from potatoes and breaks down in just two months. As explained by the Swedish designer, his version aims to make use of all the discarded “ugly potatoes” that are deemed unfit for supermarket shelves. …

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BE OUR DESIGN SCOUT!

Are you our new intern? We’re looking for a design scout to join us ASAP. We’re an international organisation working with design to improve life—in other words, design for good. We run a large-scale prize, the INDEX: Award, education and investment activities. And, we’re a diverse and playful team based in Copenhagen. YOU ARE: Passionate …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: FINE

FINE, which stands for Feeling Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional, is an AI-powered digital friend that can read and react empathetically to children’s emotions. The prototype tool offers support, monitors the family’s mood over time and fosters discussion to help improve mental health. Developed by Method in close collaboration with Fitzrovia Youth in Action, NHS Tavistock Trust and …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: MOBY MART

Just when you thought convenience stores couldn’t get any more convenient, this idea really steps it up. The Moby Mart, developed by Wheelys, Hefei University of Technology and tech firm Himalafy, is an unmanned store on wheels that can be called on-demand, 24/7. The prototype is now being beta tested on the streets of Shanghai. …

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INDEX JOINS FORCES WITH THE DANISH INDUSTRY FOUNDATION

INDEX just received a grant of 16 million DKK from the Danish Industry Foundation! We are proud to announce that we have entered a four-year partnership with the Danish Industry Foundation (Industriens Fond). The partnership will strengthen current and enable new activities between INDEX and Danish companies, facilitating a more focused and enhanced effort to contribute to …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: REYETS

This apps wants to make you a social justice warrior and protect you along the way. Reyets gives users the ability to record and live-stream any high-risk situation, be it a police altercation, involvement in a protest or any other situation where the user may be in danger. The app also provides real-time generated civil …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: AMPLI

Over the past decade, many researchers have been working on small, portable and cheap diagnostic devices in a bid to improve global access to healthcare. Most recently, the MIT Little Devices Lab came up with a set of building ‘blocks’ to allow lab workers to easily assemble their own plug-and-play diagnostic tests. Using the same …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: SOLAR CHARGED JACKET

These smart textiles just keep getting smarter! The Solar Charged Jacket by Vollebak acts as if it’s alive, absorbing light like a plant and re-emitting it slowly over time. You can lay it out in the sun, under a light bulb or draw on it with your smartphone flashlight. By turning you into a human-sized …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: MARSHA

Developed by AI SpaceFactory, Marsha is a 3D-printed vertical home designed for life on Mars. The egg-like container is specially designed to handle internal atmospheric pressure and structural stresses. A large portion of the building materials are harvested from the planet’s surface and, best of all, the home has a minimal footprint. All renderings by Plompmozes …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE ALZHEIMER’S VILLAGE

This uniquely designed village for Alzheimer’s patients will provide increased freedom and reduce anxiety. The 120 residents of the village in Dax, southwestern France, will have free rein to safely wonder about the beautiful ‘town’, enjoying it just as if it were a regular neighbourhood. They’ll be able to shop at the supermarket, visit the …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: INSPIRE

Want to support clean energy but not sure how? This week’s featured nominee makes it easy! Inspire purchases renewable energy certificates from local, regional or national wind farms on your behalf to offset the energy that you consume.  This way, your home or business will actively support more clean power getting into the grid without needing …

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LIZA CHONG OFFICIALLY APPOINTED AS CEO

We’re delighted to announce the official appointment of Liza Chong as CEO of INDEX: Design to Improve Life. Liza has been a key member of INDEX’s leadership team and, since March 2018, has served as Acting CEO following the departure of Founder Kigge Hvid. INDEX: Design to Improve Life Chairman of the Board, Jens Wittrup …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE DARWIN CHALLENGE

Skipping meat for just one day CAN make a difference. Don’t believe us? This ingenious app shows the tangible impact you have, from saved CO2 to toilet flushes, each day you choose to go plant-based. Give The Darwin Challenge a try! Don’t forget to submit your solution for INDEX: Award 2019 – nominations close March 10, 2019.