We’ve said before here at EarthTechling that the best green products of tomorrow start as great design ideas today. Such is the case with six finalists chosen from over 500 entries for potential funding as part of the annual Earth Awards, described as “an aspirational platform for consumer-driven ideas, which can challenge designers to build a new economy.”
The six chosen design finalists are being allowed to pitch their innovations to an audience of leading CEOs and investors at a summit held in partnership with the Financial Times at Marlborough House in London on the 16th of September. They’ve each already received $10,000 to help take their concepts to market and are now competing for a total investment of $50,000.
The six finalists for the awards are a diverse group, including artificial foam which captures and converts the sun’s energy more effectively than living organisms; earth tiles which empower people to build their own sustainable homes; an online, open-source community focused upon the biomimicry community; and a recycled polymer architecture brick system for building construction.
“The Earth Awards is about providing an aspirational platform for consumer-driven ideas, which can challenge designers to build a new economy,” said Nicole Ting Yap, the awards founder, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have received such innovative ideas which have real potential to drive positive change, and look forward to showcasing them at HRH The Prince of Wales Garden Party on 16th September.”