47 Eco-Friendly Product Designs to Inspire You

47 Eco-Friendly Product Designs to Inspire You

Now more than ever, people are concerned with saving the planet, what with all the problems that have arisen resulting from the unintentional neglect of natural resources. Sustainability has become imperative, which is the reason why more and more manufacturers continuously create inventive and innovative ways to go green.

Thanks to modern technological advancements, environmentally friendly products no longer look and function like they did decades ago. Today, these products lack any signs of being recycled, reused, or refurbished, resulting in the generation of sustainable and sophisticated eco-friendly product designs that can meet and even exceed the expectations of eco-conscious and stylish users.

  1. Solar Phone Charger

The solar phone charger eliminates the need to desperately search for an electrical plug. At the same time, it helps save energy. Simply put the charger under the sun and you’re good to go.

  1. Solar Powered Outdoor Speakers

A certain brand has created outdoor speakers that have been designed to work with solar energy, helping you save on your electricity bills. This eco-friendly speaker is also equipped with unique electricity that lets it detect the suitable angle to broadcast sound, so the listener can hear it perfectly.

  1. Rechargeable Batteries

With modern batteries proving to be more difficult to recycle, not to mention that they contain several dangerous metals like lead, rechargeable batteries are the better option. While these might be a bit expensive upfront, in the long run, you’ll be able to save some cash while protecting the environment.

  1. Portable Solar Charging System

Companies have been designing portable charging stations that are solar powered. They serve as an excellent backup generator for long trips or even for home use.

  1. iPhone Cases Designed from Discarded Skateboards

The majority of iPhone cases and backs are made of plastic. However, you can now find backs made from discarded skateboard decks that aren’t just environmentally friendly but are aesthetically pleasing as well.

  1. Bamboo Speakers for iPhone

Your iPhone will surely match perfectly with an acoustic bamboo speaker. Nowadays, speakers are being packed in recycled newspaper and handcrafted by charities that give jobs to disadvantaged workers.

  1. Eco-Friendly Cell Phones

The company Fairphone creates and sells a phone that is revolutionizing the current supply chain. They have integrated materials that support local economies, improving the usable life of the phone. They only work with makers that offer safe working environments to their workers, and Fairphone also makes their phones ideal and safe for recycling.

fairphone

  1. Eco-Friendly Mobile Phone Cases

The number of mobile devices has easily surpassed that of the Earth’s population. There is a staggering number of phone accessories and packaging made of plastic being disposed and consumed at a rather alarming rate. From manufacturing all the way up to packaging, the brand Pela hopes to put an end to pollution and waste in the market of tech accessories with their bioplastic Android and iPhone cases that are 100% compostable and sustainable.

  1. Disposable or Biodegradable Waste Bags

Do you have dogs? If the answer is yes, chances are you use a lot of waste bags every single month when you take them out for a walk. There are now waste bags which are completely disposable and biodegradable. While your pets are continuously creating waste, there’s no need for you to do so as well.

  1. Cotton or Cloth Shopping Bags

As far as shopping bags are concerned, one of the best things you can do is finally say goodbye to the usual plastic bags that you can only use once. Instead, start carrying with you cotton or cloth mesh bags to avoid the hassle. There are now several shops and supermarkets that have decided to stop giving away plastic bags, while others charge for them to deter shoppers from using them.

  1. Reusable Bulk Food Bags

There are now reusable bulk bags that have been designed to help people easy and conveniently transport food to their home. These bags were designed as lightweight and replace the need to carry canisters and jars every time you do your shopping. These bulk food bags range from small to large and there are also specially designed bulk food shopping totes. The bags are all made from food-safe recycled and BPA-free plastic drinking bottles.

  1. Reusable Bread Bags

There is now a way for you to stylishly carry your bread home without the packaging waste. You can use a reusable bread bag made from as much as ten times recycled plastic drinking bottles. The bag is designed as a replacement for single-use plastic or paper bread bags, plastic ties, and toggles. These bags are also perfect for home bakers.

The bread stored in these bread bags can last to as long as three months inside a frost-free freezer and will never sustain any freezer burn because of the exceptional double lining combined with the airtight closure.

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  1. Reusable Baby Food Pouch

The company Healthy Planet Solutions has come up with an alternative to the conventional baby food containers. They made a reusable baby food pouch that is easy to clean and fill, and is also freezer, boil, and dishwasher safe.

  1. Eco-Friendly Umbrella

Eco-Brolly is an eco-friendly umbrella that is basically an umbrella skeleton. It lets you put whatever you want on top, like a newspaper. Aside from being green, it also helps unleash your creative ability.

  1. BaByliss Hairdryer

The BaByliss brand has created a hairdryer that uses just half the amount of electricity required by the classic product belonging to the same range. It works quite simply — the airflow is optimized to require less energy to heat it.

  1. Recycled Ocean Plastic Eyewear

The brand Sea2see collects plastic waste, ropes, and nets from oceans, working together with Spain’s fishing communities to make their Italian designer eyewear. With an average of one ton of plastic waste being collected every two days, the selected plastic waste serves as raw material for the eyeglasses while the rest of the waste is sold off to some other company who uses it.

  1. Wooden Sunglasses

Nothing is better for looking good and reducing your plastic use at the same time than wearing a stylish pair of sunglasses made from wood. Proof Eyewear creates handcrafted wooden sunglasses using sustainable materials such as cotton-based acetate, repurposed skateboard decks, and FSC-certified wood.

  1. Wooden Watches

Watches from WeWood are made using one hundred percent recycled timber which includes teak, coffee tree, mahogany, and Indian rosewood. These are guaranteed to be completely free of toxic chemicals, and no trees are cut down to make them. The truth is that the company plants a tree for every watch you purchase from them.

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  1. rPET Backpack

There are now stylish backpacks made from Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate or rPET, the material made when old plastic bottles of water have been recycled into fiber. Each of the backpacks scrunches down to a keyring size that makes them good for traveling or school.

  1. Travel Kit Crafted from Recycled Bike Tubes

Support the repurposing and removal of landfill rubber by using a travel kit that is designed from bike tubes. You can carry your things safely while you’re helping the environment.

  1. Wool Footwear

Allbirds crafted the most innovative wool fabric designed particularly for footwear. The wool shoes made by Allbirds are extremely comfortable.

  1. Cloth Napkins

Lots of diapers and napkins are disposed daily around the world after being used just once. The trick is to use reusable products, frequently made of clothes or bamboo. They can be washed easily and can keep your baby away from any dangerous chemicals used for making classic diapers.

  1. Clothes Designed from Recycled Fabric

Recover Brands is a company that produces clothing that is made out of recycled materials. They use the most sustainable manufacturing methods by getting rid of dyes and reducing water, energy use, and chemicals.

  1. Rings Crafted from Recycled Precious Metals

A company named Do Amore makes ethical rings. Each ring purchased gives two people clean water by creating water wells in the developing country. The rings are manufactured using recycled precious metals that are free from any conflicts, as part of the campaign No Dirty Gold.

  1. Green Finger Rings

Rather than purchasing rings that are designed from brand new materials, why not consider the most sustainable way and choose some designs that are made of recycled cork or wood. Roussel shop has everything you prefer.

  1. Recycled Billboard Vinyl Wallet

More than 600,000 tons of vinyl that’s non-recyclable from billboard banners finds its way into landfills every year. Rareform took note of these durable materials and began using it to make exceptional wallets and other products such as iPhone cases and bike bags.

  1. Toys Designed Using Recycled Milk Jugs

Green Toys is one of the best companies around. They sell and manufacture toys made with one hundred percent recycled materials, and the primary material is milk jugs. These also use recycled plastics from some kinds of products. Their toys surpass the international and US standards for Phthalates and BPA.

  1. Eco Laptop

Iameco manufactures an eco-friendly laptop, which decreases gas emissions by thirty percent, re-using seventy percent of the materials, and reduces the use of fresh water by seventy-five percent.

  1. Eco Computer Accessories

Iameco stocks a variety of computer accessories as well. These include cases, mice, and keyboards, which are all made from responsibly manufactured and sustainable materials.

  1. Eco Touchscreen Computer

Iameco produces several amazing eco-friendly gadgets. Their touchscreen computer comes with a carbon footprint that is seventy percent lower compared to the typical personal computer. It’s also the first computer to win a certification on EU Eco Flower.

  1. Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop

It is also known as PIC, and it uses an induction technology to reduce the amount of the electricity needed to cook food prepared on an electric stove. The internal copper coil is its secret. This type of coil generates a magnetic field in your iron-based and steel pans and pots.

The magnetic field also causes molecules in pans and pots to start vibrating rapidly, making heat, so cookware would heat the food itself. Through this, heat is generated in cookware and not on a cooktop surface, which is a process that is energy-efficient compared to cooking with electric and traditional gas ranges.

  1. Rechargeable Crank Flashlight from Vortex

Rather than changing the batteries every time your flashlight runs of energy, try using a rechargeable crank flashlight from the Vortex. It operates on rechargeable batteries that are hand-cranked, which save lots of batteries each year from entering landfills.

  1. Eco-Friendly Kettle

EcoKettles have a special compartment in which water is stored once you fill it up. After that, you need to release a button to transfer your preferred amount of water into the compartment. This prevents energy from being wasted through boiling more water than what you really need.

  1. Compostable Cutlery

Plastic cutlery is thrown away and used without a second thought. Barbecues, parties, and school lunches may produce a lot of plastic cutlery waste. Eliminate or reduce this waste by using compostable forks, tasters, knives, and spoons.

  1. Gota Dishwasher

It’s designed and developed by Yanko Designs, which looks a bit like a spaceship, yet it cleans dirty dishes by steaming them in a pre-washing cycle and keeping the water to reuse in the later phases.

gota dishwasher

  1. Solar Powered Lawnmower

Husqvarna recently released a fully automatic and small lawnmower that runs on solar power. This is perfect as it saves on gas, but unfortunately, a small lawn mower doesn’t fit everyone’s needs. Stay tuned for a full-sized solar powered lawnmower!

  1. Moss Carpet

Designed by Nguyen La Chanh, this carpet is best for bathrooms and crafted with imputrescible foam with moss growing on its top section.

  1. Bedol Water Clock

This clock is water powered, and it keeps the perfect time without electricity or batteries. Just open its fill cap and add water. It also uses the best technology to generate energy. Electrodes in the water reservoir convert the ions into a current strong enough to power this clock for three months or more. There’s also a built-in memory chip, which ensures that you don’t need to reset the time while changing water.

  1. Solar Powered Fan for Attics

Attics may get stuffy and hot, particularly in the summertime. To save money and conserve energy, try this solar powered fan for attics from SunRise.

  1. Desktop To-Do Board

It allows you to make re-writable, paperless to-do lists on your desktop. Made by Three by Three Seattle, this product is designed with top-notch quality materials.

  1. SolSource Solar Powered Grill

The solar-powered grill by SolSource was featured on programs including BBC, Discovery Channel, and Top Chef. This grill uses reflections of Sun’s rays to heat up the grilling platform that is suspended between reflective areas. It can cook a meal in ten minutes and the setup may be cleaned with water.

  1. LED Bulbs

These can save on carbon emissions and energy. The LED bulbs are made available in different sizes. Based on the Department of Energy in the US, LEDs provide the potential to cut general energy use of lighting in half by year 2030.

  1. Shower Timer

It’s a simple device that will help you keep track of the amount of time you’ve spent under the shower and more importantly, the time you spend with the water running.

  1. Eco-Friendly Chair

You may now purchase chairs designed from recycled cork. It’s a good way to stop producing waste while getting good designs that will stand out in any home.

  1. Solar Candles

Decorative and versatile, solar powered candle lanterns are good for ambient accent lighting. Its photocell sensor turns light off at daybreak and on at dusk.

  1. EcoFlow Shower Head

EcoFlow Shower Heads are designed by Waterpik , and it offers benefits like saving money and water without sacrificing good shower performance. The water-saving and innovative features meet the performance standards of EPA WaterSense.

  1. Biodegradable Pots

These are square containers that are good for small fruits, perennials, bare-root roses, broadleaf evergreens, and field-dug plants. The containers are molded from fiber, which means they’re made of recycled materials, biodegradable, and decompose in a year.

If you’re looking for help designing your eco-friendly product, Cad Crowd can help. We have a network of top-tier product designers that design with the environment in mind. Simply contact us for a free quote!


About the Author

Devon Scott is a member of the Cad Crowd writing team.


Topics: Product design & invention ideas

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