Announcing the winners of the Charles Sustainable Design Competition

A wearable device for cows to reduce methane emissions is among the winning solutions in a sustainable design competition created by Prince of Wales and design guru Sir Jony Ive.

Students at the Royal College of Art (RCA) were challenged to design projects that address the environmental damage being done to the planet.

From 125 entries, four teams of RCA students and alumni were selected as winners of the inaugural Terra Carta Design Lab competition, receiving £50,000 in grants to further develop their ideas.


Zelp developed a wearable device for cows to reduce methane emissions (Royal College of Art/PA)

Among the winning designs was a wearable device for cattle to neutralize their methane emissions in real time, developed by design group Zelp (Zero Emissions Livestock Project).

They state that each cow can exhale around 400 liters of methane per day, making it a major contributor to global warming.

Another winning project, Amphitex, has developed the first 100% recyclable and chemical-free outdoor performance textile, as current materials are often non-recyclable and many harmful chemicals are used.


Aerseeds – • Aerodynamic seed pods from food waste to restore plants and trees (Royal College of Art/PA)

Aerseeds – aerodynamic seed pods made from food waste – are also among the winning designs as they work with nature to speed up regeneration by up to 10x.

The Tire Collective won a spot for their device that tracks tire wear on a wheel, accelerating the transition to zero-emission mobility.

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Charles and Sir Jony will visit the RCA on Wednesday for the opening of an exhibition showcasing the projects, where they will meet the four winners and learn more about their solutions to the climate crisis.


The Tire Collective (Royal College of Art/PA)

Charles’ Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) – launched last year to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable future – created the Terra Carta and a Natural Capital Investment Alliance.

Sir Jony, who is credited with designing some of the most popular gadgets of the modern age, including Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad, will mentor the winners alongside members of the global SMI network.

The industrial, product and architectural designer, who is Chancellor of the RCA, said: “We can all have good ideas. I find it reassuring, especially with the overwhelming challenge of climate change, that we can all come up with ideas that can turn into valuable solutions.

“Not only do I love the power of a good idea, but also how egalitarian and inclusive it can be.


AMPHITEX by AMPHIBIO (Royal College of Art/PA)

“All Design Lab winners have ideas and designs that deserve to be developed.

“The ingenuity and determination of these designers have led to some exceptionally creative responses, and they now embark on the journey of turning those great ideas into practical solutions.”

The winning designs were selected by the Terra Carta Design Lab Grand Jury, which consisted of Charles, Sir Jony and RCA Vice Chancellor Paul Thompson, as well as representatives from Terra Carta Design Lab partners Octopus Energy, The Climate Pledge and Bank of America.

In addition to the winners, two other projects were deemed highly commendable and will receive £10,000 in funding and mentoring from InnovationRCA, the RCA Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Support.

Projects included OR:BITAL BLOOM, an artwork that ‘blooms’ when sustainability goals are met and carbon emissions are reduced, and Shellworks, which works with bacteria to create sustainable materials.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/winners-announced-for-charless-sustainable-design-competition-41591312.html Announcing the winners of the Charles Sustainable Design Competition

Fry Electronics Team

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