28-05-2024

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WDCD reveals the eleven winners of the Redesign Everything Challenge

By 28-05-2024

 The winning projects showcase the best in climate innovation to create a more circular society.

 What Design Can Do (WDCD) has announced the eleven winners of the Redesign Everything Challenge, celebrating some of the world’s most creative climate solutions. Initiated in partnership with the IKEA Foundation, the competition now enters an exciting new phase as finalists gain access to a €5.000 award and development training package to help scale their ideas and expand their impact on the world.

Tasked with selecting the winners was an international jury comprising ten leading experts in design, climate action and entrepreneurship, including Sunny Dolat (founder, Nest Collective), René van Geer (Co-Founder, Secrid), Daniel Freitag (founder, Freitag), and Emy Bensdorp (founder, Claybens). Deliberating together both online and in-person, the jury selected eleven winners from a shortlist of 33 high-potential nominees. In the end, the winning projects won over the Jury by exceeding expectations across the competition’s four criteria: impact, design and creativity, feasibility and scalability, and the strength of their team and network.

 “The winners of the Redesign Everything Challenge exemplify the potential of design to address climate impacts. These projects not only provide innovative solutions to climate issues but also inspire others to reimagine what’s possible,” says WDCD’s co-founder and creative director Richard van der Laken. “The creativity and dedication shown by these teams impressed the Jury and the entire team at What Design Can Do.”

Celium by Gabriela Irastorza Dragonne (Mexico)
We feed bacteria with agoindustrial fruitwaste to grow Celium™, our Premium Cultivated Cellulose. Revolutionizing the material world.

Electric Skin by Paige Perillat Piratoine (France)
Reimagining the electronics industry so it’s growable and compostable.

Co-Culturing Rituals by namita bhatnagar (the United Kingdom)
Designing living, regenerative cosmeceutical materials.

Cellsense by Aradhita Parasrampuria (United States)
Cellsense develops scalable bio-embellishments that create new possibilities for designers while eliminating microplastics and unethical labor.

A Bite of Extinction by Carla Rotenberg  (Spain)
Reconstruction of biodiversity and ties between farmers and neighbourhoods through Flavour Diversity.

Reef Rocket by Mary Lempres (United States)
Reef Rocket is a modular, bio-cement reef structure that can be grown locally from plants and repurposed waste.

Forest Guard by Suat Batuhan Esirger (Turkey)
ForestGuard focuses on detecting fires through advanced IoT technology, the system can detect fires at their earliest stages, even before visible.

Germinatorium by Daniel Caballero (Brazil)
Nomadic nursery, for the germination of rare native plants for the cerrado fields of the city of São Paulo.

Looop Can by Cheuk Laam Wong (the United Kingdom)
A Frugal cleaning kit for reusable period pad in water scarce regions.

The Revival by David Yayra (Ghana)
The Revival is a pioneering non-profit fostering sustainability through community-led design, upcycling, and global textile waste initiatives.

Breathe Easy by Alankrita Sharma (India)
A sustainable urban ventilation initiative for low-income settlements in Delhi.

What’s next for the winners?
Work now begins on strengthening each winning idea, deepening their potential impact, and putting their ideas into action. All eleven winning teams will receive €5.000 in funding, and access to an accelerator programme.