The Instructables Green Design Contest is starting on Earth Day!
In celebration of Earth Day and all things eco-friendly, we’re holding a Green Design Contest in partnership with TreeHugger! Think “green” and submit an eco-friendly Instructable that uses sustainable materials or are energy efficient by design. For example, use recycled materials such as reclaimed lumber instead of new virgin growthwood. Or, choose to use renewable, responsibly sourced materials with minimal-to-no toxicity such as plant-based PLA plastic instead of oil-based ABS plastics. If you’re designing something with electronics, consider how much power the circuit consumes, or even how much electricity is needed when it's not in use and in stand-by mode. Also think through the end-of-life considerations of the product, such as making sure it’s easy to repair, and the individual parts can be reused or eventually recycled down the line. Come up with any project with these factors in mind, and you could win over $1,000 in prizes including a Voltaic Systems OffGrid Solar Backpack, ReadySet Renewable Energy Kit with Solar Panel and LED light, Nokero Solar Light Bulbs and a $500 REI gift certificate.
As a special Judges’ Prize, we’re awarding anyone who uses one of Autodesk’s personal design and creativity applications, such as the Autodesk® 123D® 3D modeling apps or the Autodesk®SketchBook® easy-to-use drawing tools. The winner of this prize will also receive over $1,000 in prizes including a Voltaic Systems OffGrid Solar Backpack, ReadySet Renewable Energy Kit with Solar Panel and LED Light, Nokero Solar Light Bulbs and a $500 REI gift certificate. Your project may also become a learning resource to teach kids about sustainable design!
For more information on green product design strategies, check out the videos and tutorials on the Sustainability Workshop that cover whole systems and lifecycle thinking, improving a product’s lifetime, lightweighting, and more.
Contest is open 4/22 - 6/17.