– [Narrator] Designers have spent decades facilitating our overconsumption. Sleek interfaces let us hail
rides at the press of a button, and order inexpensive
close to our doorsteps. But all that cheap fast design has a cost. The environment is suffering
because of our everyday habits. Now designers are addressing the grave problems consumption has rocked. Here are some of the most
innovative designs of 2019. Buy a pair of these Adidas running shoes, and when you’re done wearing them, Adidas will grind them up, melt them down, and turn them into new shoes. The sneaker material can undergo
this process several times. Eventually, it could be turned into something like furniture or flooring. Most plastic raincoats are made from carbon intensive petroleum. After Ancient Sunlight is
made from fast growing algae, which actively consumes
carbon from the atmosphere. The resulting garment is both biodegradable and carbon negative. This public park was designed
to nurture local ecology and withstand rising sea levels in the age of climate change. Built on a former contaminated rail site, it features a recreational field that floods deliberately
during heavy rains and drains slowly afterward, to protect the neighborhood
from water damage. These students designers partnered
with a team of scientists to turn red mud, a waste product
of aluminum manufacturing, into gorgeous ceramics. The best way to cut down on the waste of single use coffee cups,
is to bring your own mug. But only about 2% of consumers do so. With CupClub you rent a container, then return it within a few days, so it can be washed and
reused by another customer. This service is available at airports, universities, and other campuses, making it simple for both
businesses and customers to eliminate throwaway plastic. Coffee isn’t the only industry with a single use packaging problem. Think about all the household
goods like toothpaste, laundry detergent and ice cream, that come in disposable containers. Loop allows you to order major brand items in reusable containers. When you’re done, Loop picks them up, cleans them, refills them and
send them on to new customers. Nearly every purchase you
make has a carbon footprint, whether you’re buying
something from a restaurant, a clothing store or an airline. This credit card shuts down, not when you reach your spending limit, but when you hit the
carbon emissions limit. Worldwide we’re expected to generate more than 57 million
tons of e-waste by 2021, Ore Streams is a three
year long research project into what happens to our devices
after we throw them away. The project includes a proposal to turn old phones and
laptops into office furniture. Think filing cabinets made
of aluminum computer cases, and chairs inlaid with
mobile phone components. The designs force people to literally sit with the consequences
of their consumerism. (upbeat music)

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