The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2020 sustainability winners

Last night the winners and commended projects in The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2020 were announced in a live streamed, online ceremony. 10 winners and 19 commendations were awarded to a diverse range of creatives from 119 finalists across the 10 awards categories: Residential Architecture, Interior Design, Collaboration, Emerging Designer, Furniture Design, Handcrafted, Landscape Design, Lighting Design, Sustainable Design or Initiative, and Textile Design.

The Sustainable Design or Initiative category champions local innovation. Says Lucy Feagins, founder of The Design Files: “Sustainability really should be inherent in all good design, however we created the Sustainable Design or Initiative Award within our Awards program as a vehicle to really spotlight and champion those Australian designers and businesses who are leading and really innovating in this category.”

“Our judges in this category were looking for projects that demonstrated originality, visionary thinking and the potential for real impact. The shortlist in this category this year was so diverse, but there was strong focus on products created from waste materials, from ocean plastic to construction industry waste, and even phone screens! It was also great to see some really innovative ideas around the use of use of surplus and remnant materials, as a new model for product design in Australia.”

See the results from the Sustainable Design or Initiative category below.


Good Citizens, 100 per cent Recycled Eyewear

A father-and-sons team repurpose discarded single-use plastic bottles into sunglasses frames, creating two classic styles that are 100 per cent recycled, and made in Sydney.


Dowel Jones + Soft Serve Studio, New Model

Making use of surplus and remnant materials, this project was designed as a new model for the production of objects and local waste streams.


Returnr, Deposit-Return System + Products

In a bid to reduce the amount of disposable packaging used in transporting meals, this hospitality-focussed deposit-return system offers stainless steel reusable food and drink vessels to take away customers.

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