Calling all young entrepreneurs!


The DO School is offering a unique one-year program for emerging social entrepreneurs that will provide training, mentoring and empowerment to young entrepreneurs to help them start their own ventures. Selected Fellows will receive a full scholarship covering the tuition fee for the year.

The DO School invites applications from motivated individuals from around the world to participate in the DO School Sustainable Cup Challenge. Applications are now open to young people aged between 21 and 28 and will close on September 15th 2013. Successful applicants will show exceptional motivation to contribute to solving the Challenge and will be encouraged and supported to develop their own social venture and in the areas of eg. sustainable product design, campaigning and branding, environmental activism, recycling and waste management.

The DO School Fellow Group

The DO School Fellow Group

The programme will run from February to May 2013 and the selected Fellows will spend the first 10 weeks of this one-year program on the DO School pop-up campus in New York City! The following 10 months will be spent in their home countries implementing their own ventures.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: The Tyred Chair, Cape Town – South Africa

A combination of Roy Lichtenstein, South African slang and upcycled design. Yameng Li has reimagined a simple recycling idea into a work of art, by painting this unique tyre chair in collboration with Tyred, at the Design Indaba Conference 2010 in Cape Town.

Tyred Chair by Yameng Li

Tyred Chair by Yameng Li

Yameng Li painting the Tyred Chair

Yameng Li painting the Tyred Chair

Plastic Bottles Are Not Trash: South Africans turn waste into a business opportunity

This is a short video about recycling in South Africa, focusing on waste management as a business, education and of course the environmental and social benefits recycling old materials. The film shows that recycling and reuse can be profitable for the whole community.

As seen on Infrastructure News

The Green Chair Project: Recycled, Comfortable and Affordable

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal Sketch

Sketch of Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Spanish design studio, Estudio Marsical, have designed an affordable, comfortable, sustainable chair with a 100% recycled plastic recyclable seat.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

The chair is ideal for small budgets, as the material and the manufacturing process are inexpensive.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Because the chairs are all made from recycled material, they all have a dark grey colour. However each chair is unique and they vary slightly from one another.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal


Despite its coarse appearance, the seat has good ergonomics thanks to its polygonal geometric shape. To soften its texture, there is a high relief engraving that homogenises it and contrasts with the back of the chair. This displays a vein which makes it more robust and steady. The legs are made of wood and painted metal.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

The Green Chair by the Barcelona based design studio is a project that was designed with the commitment to be affordable, pleasant and sustainable.

Jennifer Newman Studio’s M-Bamboo Table

Jennifer Newman Studio will be showcasing their new M-Bamboo table at Clerkenwell Design Week this week.


The M-Bamboo table is the first product designed by the Studio that incorporates bamboo surfaces. And because bamboo is a fast growing, replenishable grass it is also a sustainable resource.


When bamboo is compressed in to solid material it initially has the appearance of a high quality semi-hard wood, it transforms into a dark hardwood following treatment to avoid bacterial degradation for use outside.


The table comes in a dark chocolate coloured top for use outside or inside, or in a light caramel top for inside use only.


The frame of the M-Bamboo table is made of powder-coated aluminium as is the M-Bench which fits the table perfectly.


Jennifer Newman Studio will be exhibiting their designs in the Farmiloe Building at Clerkenwell Design Week from the 21st-23rd of May.


The Future of Sustainable Design: Profile of Adital Ela

The founder of the Terra furniture project (mentioned in our earlier post) – Adital Ela – is a sustainability designer, social-entrepreneur and lecturer, founder and CEO of S-SENSE DESIGN, and a TEDfellow.

Adital Ela with Terra Stools Material ready for production

Adital Ela with Terra Stools Material ready for production

She dedicates her professional life to explore ways in which sustainability design can envision, illustrate and manifest a green reform in the encounter between man, object and environment.

Adital is also a sustainability design lecturer at the BA and MA programs of HIT – Holon Institute of Technology, and lectures regularly at conferences and lead workshops around the world.

Here is a video explaining more about the inspiration behind the Terra stools as well as the simplicity and abundance of sustainable design methods in our own history.

TERRA by Adital Ela: Cradle to Cradle Furniture

Terra is a brand that produces cradle to cradle furniture and objects from compressed earth and agricultural waste. The project also seeks to generate income and capacity building for women in BOP (bottom of the pyramid) communities in developed and developing countries. The Terra project is run by Adital Ela and seeks to create a model of local production for local use, based on locally available organic waste. The project plans to operate through independent Terra production workshops in a franchise-like model; with the first workshops aiming to generate income for Arab women in Israel and Palestine.

Terra Stools by Adital Ela, 3 terra stools, one down, photo by Shay Ben-Efraim

The objects are 100% organic and are made from earth and natural fibres. They can be produced everywhere in the world using local soil and agricultural residue, require zero energy, create no pollution and are fully renewable.

Terra Stools by Adital Ela, 3 terra stools at studio landscape, photo by Maya Hasson

Terra’s objects are made by using a unique compression process that combines indigenous knowledge and contemporary production methods. At the end of its lifecycle the objects can be either re-moulded or dispersed in every garden returning to their origins.

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The project is modelled upon Gandhi’s ideas of a fair economy “Let the owner of the field get hold of a spinning wheel and turn it, until his cotton field has clothed him, his family and the whole of his village.

raw material

Terra is creating a blueprint model towards a viable future of sustainable production and consumption patterns. It’s purpose does not only focus on environmental factors but also takes on a strong social and ethical role towards development. It enables the local production of artifacts for local use and applies methods developed by a centralized research team through a distinctive blend of indigenous and contemporary techniques.

Terra stools with ingridient tubes, photo by Shay Ben-Efraim

Terra’s core business is based on a method developed for improving the characteristics of mud and straw mixtures adapting them for moulding mobile standalone 3D articles. The products vary according to needs identified locally with relevant stakeholders. For example, workshops in the developed world will produce furniture and other home décor, while workshops in the developing world will produce healthier ovens, cooling storage systems etc.

Terra Stools Production Process

“Terra strives to empower communities to establish and run their own businesses with our guidance and support. To fulfill this vision we operate on two levels:

1. Terra’s R&D base sustains an on-going research developing the method towards additional applications and adapting it to materials available in the various locations.

2. Enabling the establishment of independent local production workshops by providing a ‘set-up mentoring’ service through a local NGO or other relevant stakeholder to enable the establishment of sustainable social enterprises.”

Terra stools at Slow Design exhibition

The project has high hopes in putting the power of design in the hands of BOP communities; and aims to guide their local partners through a co-design process to use their knowledge and skills to design products for their peers.

TERRA stools at the BIO23 exhibition