Avoiding Styrofoam with Coconut Shells
In sustainable design, innovation knows no bounds, especially when finding alternatives to replace environmentally harmful materials. The insulating packaging sector, valued at 15 billion dollars and dominated by polluting plastic products, is witnessing a transformation thanks to creativity and technology geared towards sustainability.
The “styrofoam box”, widely criticized for its contribution to garbage accumulation and marine pollution, is still used in the domestic seafood trade in the Philippines, with over 300,000 boxes circulating at any given time. With a short lifespan, these boxes quickly end up in landfills or the oceans, causing significant environmental damage. Traders, although reluctant to spend on these disposable containers, find themselves without viable and affordable options.
The answer to this dilemma comes from the Fortuna Cools, an innovative product that utilizes recycled coconut shells and reused synthetic fabrics. This design is not only more durable and insulating than plastic foam alternatives, but it is also competitive in price and performance. The Fortuna Cooler fits perfectly into existing supply chains, making replacing styrofoam boxes easy.
In addition to its durable construction, with a water-repellent exterior, secure closure, and leak-proof interior, the Fortuna Cooler is designed to be easily transported and stored, packing compactly. This transportation efficiency represents significant savings, aligned with the sustainable design principle of “not transporting air”.
The use of coconut husk fibers, a residue normally burned, in conjunction with waterproof liners made from recycled textiles, not only prevents plastic pollution but also reduces CO2 emissions and harmful smoke. This innovative process supports Filipino farmers, offering them an additional source of income and promoting rural employment, strengthening agricultural communities.
Therefore, Fortuna Cools is not only revolutionizing the packaging industry with their Fortuna Coolers, but also redefining what it means to be a truly sustainable product. By transforming waste into valuable resources, they are creating a future where design and sustainability go hand in hand, protecting our oceans and air, and supporting the communities that need it most.
Fortuna Cools also offers the Nutshell Coolers for outdoor activity lovers, expanding their positive impact. The company takes pride in its unique community of designers, customers, NGO supporters, investors, and consultants, all committed to a human-centered design approach.
This innovation is more than a solution to an environmental problem; it inspires us all to rethink how our design choices can contribute to a more sustainable world.
Explore the Secrets of Sustainable Architecture for Free with Our Animated Glossary!
Last year, I dedicated myself to a truly special project: creating an Animated Glossary on Sustainable Architecture. It was a journey of discovery, where I transformed complex architectural details into animated videos, accessible and free for everyone.
This meticulous work resulted in a series of videos that not only educate but also delight, by bringing sketches and drafts to life. Now, I am pleased to share this collection with you, completely free, through a complete playlist available for access.
Some highlights of what you will find:
- Different types of Brise Soleil: Explore the variations and functions of these essential architectural elements for solar control.
- Geothermal Energy: Discover how this sustainable energy source is harnessed in architectural projects.
- Mini Cisterns: See how these systems collect and store rainwater, a valuable resource for sustainability.
- Thermal Mass and Trombe Walls: Learn about these design solutions that naturally regulate the temperature of buildings.
- Embedded and Operational Carbon: Understand the importance of these concepts for sustainable construction.
- Alternative Water Sources and Bioretention Swales: Explore innovative methods for sustainable water management.
- The Chimney Effect in Architecture, Heat Islands, and Biomimicry: Discover how these phenomena and strategies influence architectural design.
- Prevention of Light Pollution: Learn more about how to minimize this negative environmental impact.
And much more! Each video is an opportunity to enrich your knowledge and inspiration, available at any time and at no cost.
Click here to access the complete playlist and embark on this educational journey. I am excited to share these discoveries and insights with you, opening doors to a more sustainable future through architecture.
Until then, keep exploring, learning, and getting inspired!
Last Week to Get Your Ticket for Green Interiors Day in Milan With Early-Bird Price!
Feeling the revolution in the air? Green Interiors Day in Milan is approaching, and with it, the opportunity to elevate your projects to a new level of innovation and sustainability.
But beware: the first batch of tickets is about to sell out this week!
If you want to join us in Milan on April 15th for a unique learning and connection experience, it’s time to act!
- Total Access to the Event: A full day of immersion with the masters of sustainable architecture, Filipe Boni, Sami Meira, and special guests before Salone Del Mobile.
- Sustainable Innovations and Cutting-Edge Technology: Discover how to incorporate AI and sustainable practices into your projects, raising your value in the market.
- Development and Networking: Expand your network with professionals all over the globe, earn a participation certificate, and enjoy this exclusive community.
- Exclusive Bonuses: Access to online courses and workshops on natural light, sustainable materials, and biophilic design, adding even more value to your professional practice.
We are at your disposal for any doubts or need for additional information about the Green Interiors Day. Just reply to this email, and we will be happy to help.
Have a great Wednesday!