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How did Tallinn become the greenest city in Europe in 2023?
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How did Tallinn become the greenest city in Europe in 2023?

The Estonian capital of Tallinn has been crowned the European Green Capital for 2023, finally praised for its dedication in reapplying year after year. Tallinn received the award itself in 2021 in the form of a €600,000 cheque, highlighting that this is another step along the way to Europe
Budapest’s first skyscraper, MOL Campus inaugurated
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Budapest’s first skyscraper, MOL Campus inaugurated

On 8 December 2022, Hungary’s first skyscraper, the MOL headquarters, was inaugurated, offering a unique panorama for workers and visitors alike with its 143-meter height. The striking contemporary architecture building was designed by London-based Foster+Partners in collaboration with the Hungarian Finta & Partners Architects—Hype&Hyper previously interviewed the
Merch collection made from the waste left on the Himalayas
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Merch collection made from the waste left on the Himalayas

The large amount of rubbish left behind by visitors has been a long-standing problem on Mount Everest. The project Carry me back and the From the Himalayas product line offer a solution to this. The initiative, a collaboration between the Dutch design company Super Local, the Nepalese non-profit organization Sagarmatha
Piqniq Budapest teaches sustainability
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Piqniq Budapest teaches sustainability

Videos with easy-to-understand and straightforward tips for those who want to live smarter and more consciously have been created on the most pressing issues affecting our eating habits (sustainability, health awereness, cost effectiveness). We have known for a long time that we should live slower, smarter, and more sustainably, and
Biodesign that can reshape the future l TOP 5
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Biodesign that can reshape the future l TOP 5

The emergence of biodesign brings many innovative materials into different areas of conscious design. Perhaps the most interesting of these are the plant-based, cultivable ones. Here are some creations that combine science and design in unique ways. Sabrina Komár | Hungary The artist wanted to express and process her own psychological
Live consciously, plan creatively!

Live consciously, plan creatively!

Fill the Westend logo with creative content to promote sustainability! Do you ever think about what you take off the store shelves, what you actually need, and what to do with the things that you don’t need any more but are still usable? How can you save resources? What
What is the way out of the economic crisis?
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What is the way out of the economic crisis?

In the context of the war and the escalating crisis, we usually talk about the problems of the past and the difficulties and challenges of the future. But what will be the way out of the crisis for Germany, the Achilles’ heel of the EU since the war broke out?
“The fashion industry is drowning in waste” | MOME and Nanushka work on sustainable solutions
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“The fashion industry is drowning in waste” | MOME and Nanushka work on sustainable solutions

What will our clothes be made of and how can we eliminate waste? These are some of the questions tackled by the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Budapest and one of the most successful Hungarian fashion brands, Nanushka. Director of the MOME Innovation Center Lasma Ivaska talked
Szimbio Lab exhibition and workshops | Organic Design
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Szimbio Lab exhibition and workshops | Organic Design

On 6 October, Szimbio Lab will open an exhibition on biodesign at the K11 LABOR gallery on Király Street. Alexandra Kis-Baraksó, a designer of Manera Studio, founded the Szimbio Lab group in 2021 together with Dori Márföldi and Fanni Huszár. The members of the collective incorporate innovative contemporary design trends
"For the Planet’s safety the development of fashion has to be sustainable on a global scale" | Reserved
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"For the Planet’s safety the development of fashion has to be sustainable on a global scale" | Reserved

LPP, based in Gdańsk, is the largest clothing manufacturer in Central and Eastern Europe, with brands including Reserved—a label quickly gaining ground in the region. The Polish company’s philosophy is based on the notion of thinking local, but acting globally, tailoring its goods to the preferences of customers
Is environmental awareness just a marketing ploy?
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Is environmental awareness just a marketing ploy?

Industry stakeholders rarely discuss this topic, but we tried to catch them at the Economic Forum in Karpacz, Poland. So, is businesses’ commitment to environmental protection indeed just a marketing ploy? Read our article to find it out! The Economic Forum, the largest conference in Central and Eastern Europe, was
Knowledge sharing and Lake Balaton: the first TEDxBalaton begins
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Knowledge sharing and Lake Balaton: the first TEDxBalaton begins

On the 10th of September, the first TEDxBalaton conference will be held, where topics such as sustainability, future transportation, technological developments, and inspiring human life stories will be discussed. The discussions will be specific to Lake Balaton, yet their impact and insights will be globally relevant. The organizers, Krisztina Sághy
The 15-minute city is not a magic wand – interview with Dr. Carlos Moreno
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The 15-minute city is not a magic wand – interview with Dr. Carlos Moreno

Would you like to live in a city where everything is in close proximity? We live in hectic cities and have to travel and commute a lot to get our basic needs. The concept of a „15-minute city” is about to change this and revolutionize urbanism in the 21st century.
Rethought plastic | Crafting Plastics Studio
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Rethought plastic | Crafting Plastics Studio

The problems caused by petroleum-based, conventional plastics have become part of our everyday lives: pollution, high energy consumption and rapid climate change are not hard to spot. However, what would happen if a new, significantly more environmentally friendly plastic alternative emerged in the public? Crafting Plastics Studio was founded in
Wearing our roots: the new collection of the Ukrainian brand Ochis
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Wearing our roots: the new collection of the Ukrainian brand Ochis

Coffee grounds and native flowers in a single frame: the Ukrainian brand Ochis has molded nature into a wearable object. Here comes the Tsvit sunglasses collection! The Kyiv-based Ochis brand was launched in 2018, creating the world’s first coffee-based eyewear brand. The brand’s repertoire has been inspired by
From kosher restaurants to sustainable packaging | Piqniq pack—Part 13
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From kosher restaurants to sustainable packaging | Piqniq pack—Part 13

What makes a kitchen kosher? How has food delivery changed in recent years and how can it be made more sustainable? Where to start if we’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan restaurant? How has the pandemic affected tipping habits? Questions and answers in the latest Piqniq pack episode.
Is a vegan diet automatically healthier?
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Is a vegan diet automatically healthier?

What is veganism associated with? Sustainability? Or a healthy diet? Whatever our answer is, the community of vegan people is diverse; no stereotype can be applied to all members. Debates where we hear two antithetical opinions can be refreshing as we can look outside our comfortable opinion bubble for a
The social deep layers of fashion—Fashion Forward think tank
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The social deep layers of fashion—Fashion Forward think tank

Beyond trends and brands, what are the most pressing issues linked to the fashion world? How do fashion, society, culture and technology intertwine? What deep layers and diverse aspects of sustainability are undeservedly left out from the conversation? How does this play out in different parts of the world when
Wires in the air | Innovation and startups in the CEE region - Part IV.
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Wires in the air | Innovation and startups in the CEE region - Part IV.

Romania has one of the fastest internet speeds globally thanks to cheap but unsafe and unsightly solutions. The country lags far behind the EU average in innovation and digitalization, ranking last in most lists. And regarding sustainability, Romania’s performance is not any better. There is little funding, inadequate human
Here comes the first all-arts and community festival focusing on sustainability
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Here comes the first all-arts and community festival focusing on sustainability

The Zöld Összművészeti Fesztivál (Green Arts Festival) will bring together Hungarian theatre, dance, children’s and youth programs born from the fusion of performing arts and environmental protection from 10-12 June. The unique green event of the ZÖME FEST will include lectures, professional discussions on the climate crisis, the conscious
Super Vernaculars shows what climate-conscious designers should really be doing today | BIO27 Biennial of Design, Ljubljana
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Super Vernaculars shows what climate-conscious designers should really be doing today | BIO27 Biennial of Design, Ljubljana

The 27th BIO (Biennial of Design Ljubljana) Super Vernaculars program series finally gives depth to the overused “think global, act local” phrase. Drawing on old-time local assets, the main exhibition at this year’s Biennale features architectural and material design solutions that have the potential not only to mitigate the
Outdoor furniture from banana leaves: meet CoTangens!
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Outdoor furniture from banana leaves: meet CoTangens!

Outdoor furniture with a strong character and infinite variability that can create a setting for valuable human encounters. One of the main features of CoTangens is that its components can be recycled and the upholstery is made from a special material. This unique furniture range has been born from the
How to save the life-giving soil | Phylazonit
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How to save the life-giving soil | Phylazonit

Intensive farming can reduce the humus content of the soil by a third. The gut microbiota is responsible for human health in the same way as the soil bacteria contribute to the health of the soil, thus, to nutrient-rich and healthy plants, cereals, and vegetables—portrait of Phylazonit, the Hungarian
Sára reaps what Zoli sows—Life on a microgreen farm
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Sára reaps what Zoli sows—Life on a microgreen farm

While there’s a growing global interest in microgreens—those small, pretty plants that might be the solution to huge global problems—in Hungary, we mostly see them in certain restaurants as decorative elements. The expression ‘microgreen’ itself is not too widely known either, so we witnessed first-hand how a
The brand that fights ocean pollution in style | Undersea Wear
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The brand that fights ocean pollution in style | Undersea Wear

The mission of Undersea Wear, the joint project of Móni Tóth and Szandra Szomolányi, is to protect the environment. In addition to the swimsuits that they make from ocean waste, they use a range of tools to raise awareness of the serious problems. This time we talked about the guiding
Podcast of Bánáti + Hartvig Architecture Office “Beszélő építészet” continues
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Podcast of Bánáti + Hartvig Architecture Office “Beszélő építészet” continues

Beszélő építészet (Talking Architecture) continues with new episodes. Over the next 6 months, the podcast will cover sustainability issues in the built environment in conversations with urban planners, property developers, sustainability consultants and architects. The first podcast of Bánáti + Hartvig Architecture Office was recorded during the pandemic, followed by six
This unconventional solution provides shelter for stray dogs
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This unconventional solution provides shelter for stray dogs

A completely unconventional solution was invented in Thailand in order to provide shelter for stray dogs. The idea improves dogs’ living conditions while focusing on sustainability, as well. The issue became pressing by figures showing that 750,000 of the country’s 6.7 million dogs are living on the
Atomy Studios educates with unique shapes and use of fabric
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Atomy Studios educates with unique shapes and use of fabric

A new concept embracing simplicity, keeping the tastefulness of classic designs while offering various styling possibilities—that’s what makes the bags of Atomy Studios so perfect; they fit your everyday casual style, your smart casual and even a boho summer outfit. The idea of the concept for Atomy Studios
Experimental festival experience | WONDEREST moves to the Őrség this year
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Experimental festival experience | WONDEREST moves to the Őrség this year

Last year, we dedicated a whole article series to WONDEREST, exploring different aspects of the family-friendly festival, from the zero-waste stage design to the nature-focused identity. We caught up again with the brainchild and organizer, Hanna Gulyás, who talked about last year’s experiences and this year’s plans. The
Instead of urban legends, treat your hair with effective ingredients | ANJA
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Instead of urban legends, treat your hair with effective ingredients | ANJA

In the 21st century, when the importance of our appearance and maintaining our health is egarded as a basic need, the shelves of drugstores are overflowing with serums, vitamins and other products that promise eternal youth. We would think that there is nothing new to see since competing brands and
This might be the solution to food waste | Interview with  Barbara Gollackner, creator of Wastewear
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This might be the solution to food waste | Interview with Barbara Gollackner, creator of Wastewear

In Barbara Gollackner’s life, designing objects is an ever-present motive—she spent most of her childhood in her family’s cabinet-making shop, studied in the fields of textiles, products, and furniture design and founded the Studio Barbara Gollackner in Salzburg, in 2018. She has created many practical objects, all
Diébédo Francis Kéré's work has been recognized with the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize
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Diébédo Francis Kéré's work has been recognized with the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Architect, educator and social activist Diébédo Francis Kéré has been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2022. Born in Gando, Burkina Faso, and currently based in Berlin, the architect’s sensitive work transforms and shapes communities through the process of architecture. With a commitment to social justice and the smart use
This is how a minimalist family house was built from a historic windmill!
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This is how a minimalist family house was built from a historic windmill!

Following the later fate of an old, abandoned building that no longer serves its purpose, is always fascinating. Thanks to creative studios and innovative technologies, almost any abandoned building that is in poor condition can be reborn and then become habitable. This is also the case with the historic windmill,
Így épült minimalista családi ház  egy műemlékké nyilvánított szélmalomból!
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Így épült minimalista családi ház egy műemlékké nyilvánított szélmalomból!

Mindig izgalmas figyelemmel követni egy-egy régi, elhagyatott, funkcióját vesztett épület későbbi sorsát. A kreatív stúdióknak és az innovatív technológiáknak köszönhetően ma már szinte bármilyen magára hagyott vagy éppen rossz állapotban lévő építmény újjászülethet, majd lakhatóvá válhat. Ez történt az Ostravától néhány kilométerre található, műemlékké nyilvánított szélmalom esetében is, melyet nem
How to build a restaurant in 7 days with zero cost and zero ecological footprint?
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How to build a restaurant in 7 days with zero cost and zero ecological footprint?

The question posed by the title may sound like a completely unrealistic goal at first, but the Estonian Kuidas.works has refuted the skeptics: in the summer of 2021, they have essentially turned bare earth into a usable pop-up restaurant with a naturalistic aesthetic in a single week. In February
Architecture should be a language that everyone speaks | 25 years of Bánáti and Hartvig Architecture Office
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Architecture should be a language that everyone speaks | 25 years of Bánáti and Hartvig Architecture Office

Lajos Hartvig and Béla Bánáti founded Bánáti and Hartvig Architecture Office 25 years ago, also known as BH, which has become an indispensable factor in the field over the years: one has either already been, is, or will be part of BH, as they say to each other jokingly. To
“For me, the community is the most beautiful thing about natural wine” | Interview with Rebeka Győrfi
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“For me, the community is the most beautiful thing about natural wine” | Interview with Rebeka Győrfi

In the marketing deluge we face, it’s often hard to tell whether there are just clever marketers or real ideas behind a trend. The term ‘natural wine’ is on the rise, but what makes a wine natural and the values behind it are not clear to many. Rebeka Győrfi
All about the fish—the newly opened Halkakas Fish Shop & Fish Bar in Budapest
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All about the fish—the newly opened Halkakas Fish Shop & Fish Bar in Budapest

Although Hungarian rivers and lakes are rich in the most diverse fish species, and there are many responsible fish farmers, Hungarian people consume notoriously little fish. There is interest in the genre, but many people are afraid of “puddle-tasting dishes,” others are unsure of what to try and how to
“Geniuses pick green, but you didn't pick it”—Would you? | Interview with CMF Designer Tereza Nikolova
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“Geniuses pick green, but you didn't pick it”—Would you? | Interview with CMF Designer Tereza Nikolova

“Green is the new gold”, “To stay sustainable, go vegan in materials”, “Sustainable sources = sustainability”—Three major myths that Tereza Nikolova literally burned during her talk at this year’s Brain Bar, the biggest European festival focusing on the future. The Bulgarian-born designer arrived in Budapest from her current headquarters
"Sustainability is not black or white" | Interview with the founders of Green Guide Budapest
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"Sustainability is not black or white" | Interview with the founders of Green Guide Budapest

With a little bit of attention, we can go a long way towards a more sustainable lifestyle; all we need is patience, a supportive community and a little guidance. This is precisely how the Green Guide Budapest project can help us to find the best green alternatives in our everyday
From sustainable gastronomy business to Hungarian rice | Piqniq Pack—Part 2
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From sustainable gastronomy business to Hungarian rice | Piqniq Pack—Part 2

What can a restaurant do if it wants to operate in a sustainable way? How and what should a manager communicate to their employees if they want to make their business a success? What is the secret to exciting biscuits and what is the potential in the seemingly distant rice?
Carbon neutral football cathedral to be built in Milan
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Carbon neutral football cathedral to be built in Milan

After years of discussions and negotiations, AC Milan and Internazionale Milan have chosen their new home. The iconic San Siro that was built in 1926, will be replaced by a carbon-neutral stadium by the Populous architects on 110,000 square meters of green space. The stadium is a celebration of
Tomorrow's problems can’t be solved with yesterday's technology | Exclusive interview with Bayer Vice-President Matthias Berninger
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Tomorrow's problems can’t be solved with yesterday's technology | Exclusive interview with Bayer Vice-President Matthias Berninger

We talked to Matthias Berninger, Vice President of Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability at Bayer, about the lack of innovation in Europe, sustainability and digitalisation, the future of agriculture and the rule of the masses. All the burning issues for our future, through the glasses of a company that spends
Wearable food, edible fashion
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Wearable food, edible fashion

The collection, Tasty, is a special collaboration of two Moscow sisters. As a fashion designer, Nensi Avetisian is inspired by her Armenian ancestry and a fresh reinterpretation of sustainability, while Bella, her sister as a confectioner, conveys memories with flavors. The new level of food design! One of the most
The urban infrastructure of 150 years ago was more sustainable than today's | Interview with Dávid Vitézy on smart cities and Budapest
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The urban infrastructure of 150 years ago was more sustainable than today's | Interview with Dávid Vitézy on smart cities and Budapest

In many aspects, Budapest—a city that used to be the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy—was more sustainable 150 years ago than it is now, said Dávid Vitézy, as we talked with him about modern cities, innovation, and the development of Budapest’s trackbased public transport system. Check out
Using wood sustainably is the most environmentally friendly solution | Interview with Péter Csóka, Forester
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Using wood sustainably is the most environmentally friendly solution | Interview with Péter Csóka, Forester

If we’re to cut trees within the framework of reasonable and sustainable forestry, then the cutting and usage of trees is by far the most environmentally friendly way of producing certain types of products and services. We talked to Péter Csóka about the life cycle of wood and global
Growth through sustainability | Interview with Alberto Di-Leo on corporate sustainability
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Growth through sustainability | Interview with Alberto Di-Leo on corporate sustainability

In Alberto Di-Leo’s opinion, stable growth can be achieved while also ensuring sustainability, the circular economy is already shaping the future, and in a world where 2 billion are obese, while 1 billion go to sleep hungry every night, multinational corporations have a special responsibility when it comes to
Human nature is wired to respond to short-term problems | Interview with Dario Soto-Abril on water management
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Human nature is wired to respond to short-term problems | Interview with Dario Soto-Abril on water management

We talked to Dario Soto-Abril, CEO of Global Water Partnership (GWP), about water conservation, the opportunities behind human nature, and residential water use. Check out the video! The Hype&Hyper team interviewed Dario Soto-Abrillo, CEO of Global Water Partnership (GWP) at Planet Budapest 2021. During the interview, we discussed the
Digitalization will change all industries | Interview with BCG Chairman Hans Paul-Bürkner
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Digitalization will change all industries | Interview with BCG Chairman Hans Paul-Bürkner

We talked to Hans Paul-Bürkner, Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group, about the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Digitalization, machines and people, localized supply chains and their sustainability, all through the lens of the world’s leading consulting firm. Check out the video! The Hype&Hyper team interviewed one
Can cryptoart be sustainable? | NFT DEB
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Can cryptoart be sustainable? | NFT DEB

The NFT DEB Generative Dimensions was the first generative hackathon and conference in Europe, exploring the latest developments in blockchain technology and artificial neural networks and their creative applications in the arts. This year, participants of the brainstorming competition were looking for answers on how to protect the Hortobágy’s
Shopping for the future—packaging-free stores in the region | TOP 5
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Shopping for the future—packaging-free stores in the region | TOP 5

As we increasingly address the issue of sustainability in our day-to-day lives, various packaging-free stores are emerging in response. By choosing zero waste stores, we are opting for a more sustainable future, while also supporting local businesses and, in many cases, getting better and healthier ingredients. Transparent offer, peaceful atmosphere,
On sustainability for a secure future | Planet Budapest 2021 x Hype&Hyper
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On sustainability for a secure future | Planet Budapest 2021 x Hype&Hyper

This week, Hype&Hyper takes a special journey into the world of sustainability. Forestry, corporate sustainability, water efficiency tricks for the home, modern urbanism and the circular economy are just some of the topics our readers can learn more about for a secure future. Planet Budapest 2021 Sustainability Expo and
Sustainability in Central Europe | Planet Budapest 2021
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Sustainability in Central Europe | Planet Budapest 2021

Future generations, sustainability and profitability, as well as Hungary’s biggest environmental event to date, the Planet Budapest 2021 Sustainability Expo and World Summit, were among the topics we discussed with István Joó, Government Commissioner. Budapest has hosted several world events this autumn; with world-class exhibitions taking place one after
The high art of recycling | Interview with Krisztina Czika
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The high art of recycling | Interview with Krisztina Czika

How do everyday things in our world work, let’s say a toaster or a loudspeaker? What can we do with the unnecessary things like lint from the clothes dryer, hair clippings, or used wax that keeps being produced around us? How can waste be broken down into its components
Nike sports park in Serbia built from upcycled sneakers
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Nike sports park in Serbia built from upcycled sneakers

Nike has created a recreational park from no less than 20,000 pieces of upcycled sneakers, in collaboration with London-based creative agency Accept & Proceed. The project, built in New Belgrade, is part of the “Move to Zero” movement, the sports giant’s commitment to zero carbon emissions and zero waste.
The first 100% recyclable electric car debuts
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The first 100% recyclable electric car debuts

The BMW i vision circular is the first electric vehicle to be designed, developed, and manufactured entirely in the spirit of the circular economy, without compromising on comfort and extravagance. Pink velvet seats and green philosophy—hand in hand! Envisioned for the year 2040, the BMW i vision circular, is
Ski slope atop Copenhagen's power plant—at risk of closure two years after opening
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Ski slope atop Copenhagen's power plant—at risk of closure two years after opening

The future of the plastic ski slope built on top of Copenhagen’s waste-to-energy power plant in 2019 is in serious doubt. The facility was designed by BIG, and founder Bjarke Ingels once described it as an example of hedonistic sustainability. According to reports in the Danish press, Copenhill could
The new venture by Bjarke Ingels reforms home design
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The new venture by Bjarke Ingels reforms home design

Bjarke Ingels, Danish architect and founder of BIG, one of the world’s best-known architecture studios, is now facing new challenges. With Nabr, a housing design company, he aims to create affordable, modular homes that put the well-being of the occupants first. In contrast to the increasingly expensive, poor quality,
Rethought sportswear from Eastern Europe | TOP 5
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Rethought sportswear from Eastern Europe | TOP 5

Nowadays, there is no need to separate chic pieces from movement: reinterpreted sports brands are becoming increasingly popular, with a special focus on sustainability and aesthetics. In our selection today, we brought together the regional brands that form a bridge between sport and style. O.WOW  | Ukraine The goal of
Two British design icons team-up for sustainable transport
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Two British design icons team-up for sustainable transport

The MINI STRIP model is a co-creation of the popular British car brand and fashion designer Paul Smith: a stripped-down electric car that contains only the bare essentials. According to Paul Smith, STRIP is not a fashion statement, but an example of collective thinking on sustainability. The design process began
Marc Thorpe designs eco-conscious cabin in the Carpathians
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Marc Thorpe designs eco-conscious cabin in the Carpathians

The American architect Marc Thorpe is the designer of the cabins being built as an extension of the Romanian Tara Luanei hotel, inspired by sustainability, Romanian vernacular architecture, and minimalism. Construction of the cabins will start this summer As part of a project called Canton House, Thorpe designs cabins for
Is the Danube taking a new Bend? | URBANUM X KanyarGO
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Is the Danube taking a new Bend? | URBANUM X KanyarGO

”Indulj el egy úton, én is egy másikon” (”You go down one road, I’ll go down another”—free translation): a nice earworm. Several generations are already humming the folk song performed by the Muzsikás Ensemble, familiar from the theme song of the documentary ”Másfélmillió lépés Magyarországon”. But what if
Marine litter recycled on beaches
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Marine litter recycled on beaches

The Dutch design studio, The New Raw, has come up with a limited edition collection: beach furniture made from marine plastic waste using 3D technology, for the comfort of holidaymakers and the health of the waters. The trash fished out of the sea does not even have to be taken
The world's first lamp printed from orange peels
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The world's first lamp printed from orange peels

A new exciting alternative for turning waste into value has born. Milan-based Krill Design has created the Ohmie, a 100% organic and compostable lamp from Sicilian orange peel. The design studio dries discarded peels sourced as waste from the food industry, grinds them into powder and mixes them with natural
An eco-park combining local needs and green aspects at the heart of Vizafogó, Budapest
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An eco-park combining local needs and green aspects at the heart of Vizafogó, Budapest

The 13th district is often considered one of the most progressive districts of Budapest, so it is perhaps not so surprising that in the heart of Vizafogó, on a plot of land originally intended for construction, an almost one-hectare eco-park will finally open. The public park, which operates with sustainable,
Olympic torchbearers' uniforms made from recycled bottles
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Olympic torchbearers' uniforms made from recycled bottles

Coca-Cola collected the plastic bottles that were used to make the uniforms of the torchbearers. The unisex outfits of the torchbearers accompanying the torch on its way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are inspired by the pursuit of sustainability and Japanese tradition. Besides the material technology, the special feature of
Thanks, corona!—Part 7 | PINKPONILO
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Thanks, corona!—Part 7 | PINKPONILO

When it comes to sustainable fashion on the Hungarian scene, it is inevitable that we mention the PINKPONILO team. With no community to speak of, their community sewing studio has undergone a little transformation during the pandemic. They had plenty of time to rethink the design and management processes. We
3D printed wonders from the Czech Republic | Boem Studio
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3D printed wonders from the Czech Republic | Boem Studio

The Czech Boem studio approaches design in an unusual way. It is not intended to follow trends, but is happy to combine tradition with contemporary solutions. Each project is the result of a strategic process that results in significant and adaptive design solutions. Their products clearly reflect the brand’s
Rethought plastic | Crafting Plastics Studio
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Rethought plastic | Crafting Plastics Studio

The problems caused by petroleum-based, conventional plastics have become part of our everyday lives: pollution, high energy consumption and rapid climate change are not hard to spot. However, what would happen if a new, significantly more environmentally friendly plastic alternative emerged in the public? Crafting Plastics Studio was founded in
LEGO, made from recycled plastic, will soon hit the stores
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LEGO, made from recycled plastic, will soon hit the stores

LEGO has marked a sustainable milestone: their new prototype is made from plastic recycled from discarded PET bottles, a material that meets the company’s strict quality and safety requirements. A team of over 150 people is working to find sustainable solutions for creating LEGO products. In the past three
Innovative structure system made of sustainable materials | Orsi Orban Design
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Innovative structure system made of sustainable materials | Orsi Orban Design

Berlin-based Hungarian designer Orsi Orbán was inspired by the technique of weaving when she created her structure system dubbed MINTA, which knows no limits when it comes to shape, size and patterns. With the support of the Worth Partnership Project and with the help of Budapest-based Makerspace.hu, Orsi Orbán
Eco-conscious activewear for modern amazons | MARI
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Eco-conscious activewear for modern amazons | MARI

Annamária Kaptay is a true Renaissance woman—in the good sense of the word—always full of energy and ideas. She holds trainings and yoga classes with a creative approach, she builds a community, plays music, paints, and last year, during the lockdown, she launched her sustainable activewear brand. Her
Bio-ceramic to replace plastic in these new watches  | Swatch
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Bio-ceramic to replace plastic in these new watches | Swatch

The world-famous Swiss watch brand committed to a plastic-free future launches a new collection based on bioceramic. Two-thirds ceramic and one-third biologically sourced castor oil, the brand’s new innovation creates a durable material for their watch cases. Swatch has used its hallmark see-through case design for the new collection,
Igloo-inspired prefab houses from the Faroe Islands | Kvivik Igloo
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Igloo-inspired prefab houses from the Faroe Islands | Kvivik Igloo

Danish engineer Ole Vanggard and Faroese architect Kári Thomsen worked together to design sustainable and self-sustaining cabins: these tiny houses built from heptagonal units echo the past but are a beacon to the future. The asphalt panels lining the cottages can sprout both moss and grass, lending a hobbit-like charm
Chill & slow festival in the mountains of Transylvania | Wonderest
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Chill & slow festival in the mountains of Transylvania | Wonderest

Wonderest, held in the heart of the mountains of Transylvania at an altitude of 1100 meters, is a chill & slow festival based on zero-waste philosophy. There is no phone signal and wifi, but in return, there’s a breathtaking view, a lineup filled with indie-folk and experimental musicians, sunrise concerts
Representing slowing down and sanity | VUUV Works’ latest collection is out now
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Representing slowing down and sanity | VUUV Works’ latest collection is out now

According to traditions, maytrees (in Hungarian: májusfa) were not only erected to celebrate lovers, but also to pay homage to the rebirth of nature and a rich harvest. The latest objects of VUUV Works also turned to this fundamental joy for inspiration: the pieces of the collection symbolize the coming
Metaurbanism in practice | The projects of Urbanum
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Metaurbanism in practice | The projects of Urbanum

Since their launch in October last year, Urbanum’s team has not only organized events and sparked discussions in the spirit of metaurbanism, the interdisciplinary urban research approach represented by them. Their three-fold motto—theoria, praxis, imaginatio, that is theory, practice and imagination—is not only about concept formation and
Creative fun—Eastern European design toys | TOP 5
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Creative fun—Eastern European design toys | TOP 5

They are conscious, imaginative, groundbreaking and not the last for decoration. Why not make children’s toys stylish? A selection of the most exciting design toys in the region, not just for kids. mydve | Czech Republic The two creators of mydve, Monika Matějkova and Veronika Watzkova, are linked by sustainable
Skateboard wheels made of chewing gum
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Skateboard wheels made of chewing gum

Greener and more colorful cities: this was the goal that hovered before the eyes of Hugo Maupetit and Vivian Fischer, students at the University of Design in Nantes, when they developed an innovative circular system in which unique skateboard wheels are made of used chewing gums that were thrown away
Thanks, corona!—Part 1 | AB Concrete Design
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Thanks, corona!—Part 1 | AB Concrete Design

She has been experimenting with new materials, launched a zero-waste Facebook group, and is currently designing plant potting systems for a company developing green walls: Anita Boldog, the founder of the brand AB Concrete Design, creating custom-made concrete objects, has not been idle even in the midst of coronavirus changes.
Could this be a more sustainable alternative to LEGO? | Mokulock
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Could this be a more sustainable alternative to LEGO? | Mokulock

This is what LEGO blocks would look like if they were made of wood: Mokulock conjures up the concept of well-known plastic building blocks with their variants made of wood. The toys created by the Japanese company Mokulock are similar to LEGOs with the difference that these blocks are made
Kelet-Európa legjobb zero waste márkái | TOP 5
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Kelet-Európa legjobb zero waste márkái | TOP 5

A fenntarthatóság figyelembevétele ma már nemcsak alapvető elvárás egy sikeres márka esetén, hanem sokszor kevés is. A hitelesség, a cél elérése iránti elkötelezettség és a termékek iránti szerelem kombinációja valóban csodákra képes. Ez a válogatás nem a slow fashionre fókuszál, hanem olyan használati tárgyakra, termékekre, amelyek mindennapjaink részét képzik. Olyan
The best zero waste brands in Eastern Europe | TOP 5
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The best zero waste brands in Eastern Europe | TOP 5

Considering sustainability is now not only a basic requirement for a successful brand, but it’s often not enough. The combination of authenticity, commitment to the goal, and love for the products can truly work wonders. This selection does not focus on slow fashion, but on everyday objects and products
IKEA's ScrapsBook to save leftovers
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IKEA's ScrapsBook to save leftovers

IKEA encourages people to use kitchen scraps: they’ve collected recipes that can be used to save leftover ingredients in a freely downloadable cookbook. The Canadian IKEA, in collaboration with ten North American chefs, has put together fifty recipes, which feature leftover ingredients that usually end up in the trash.
Hungarian innovation for the environment | Oonly
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Hungarian innovation for the environment | Oonly

A sustainable Hungarian innovation aimed at reducing plastic pollution, one of the most important issues of our time: Oonly rethinks the deposit-refund scheme for bottles to allow us to consume high-quality mineral water with the help of a fully plastic waste-free and zero waste system. In Hungary, at least two
Disassembling for sustainability | IKEA
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Disassembling for sustainability | IKEA

IKEA has announced that by 2030, in addition to the assembly guide, all of their products will come with disassembly guides as well. The goal is to make a sustainable lifestyle accessible and affordable. “Our disassembly Instructions is one of the ways we’re building on our commitment to sustainability,
Peeling is appealing | Recycling with Marcelina Komar
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Peeling is appealing | Recycling with Marcelina Komar

Polish designer Marcelina Komar creates new, functional design objects from the inedible parts of vegetables and fruits. This is The_peel Project, a collection of objects made of biowaste! “It only depends on our routine and habits when an item is seen as waste. The best thing is that our
Good people, good places | Big picture of gastronomy
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Good people, good places | Big picture of gastronomy

The expression ‘digitalization in the food industry’ may sound difficult to understand, yet in reality we all know what it means. The most obvious part of it that might pop up in our minds is ordering food online, without which it would probably be hard to imagine our lives today,
Amsterdam floating village expands with new dream house
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Amsterdam floating village expands with new dream house

Each and every house of the floating village built since 2010 boasts a unique character, while still creating a unified overall appearance. Here is the latest home of the urban village! Since the 2010s, a residential community has been developing on the Johann Van Casselt canal located in a former
Sustainable re-editions of design classics
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Sustainable re-editions of design classics

In the age of conscious and sustainable design as well as recycling and upcycling trends, leading design brands’ right to exist has been called into question by many. Luckily Vitra and the rest were quick to respond and reinvented their classic pieces in a sustainable manner. In 2021, a plastic
The future of urban freight transport | Mastiff Cargo Bike
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The future of urban freight transport | Mastiff Cargo Bike

Reliable, durable and environmentally friendly: Mastiff Cargo Bike, the cargo bike designed and manufactured in Hungary, debuted in the spirit of promoting and developing sustainable transportation. The gap-filling Mastiff cargo bikes can replace cars in short and medium distance freight transport and transportation. Tamás Varjú, the mind behind the brand
The Urban Metabolism | URBANUM
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The Urban Metabolism | URBANUM

Various streams of material goods, energy, services contribute to the living organism of the city. Only by observing the flux of these elements flowing in and out the urban space, can we then better understand the very mechanisms that keep the City alive. This is the Urban Metabolism. In the
Renewable furniture | Lekka Furniture
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Renewable furniture | Lekka Furniture

Timeless and renewable pieces of furniture made of natural materials: Polish studio Lekka’s new S’ploty collection is out now! In her pieces, furniture designer Ewelina Lekka places a great emphasis on ecological solutions and the use of natural materials; paying attention the entire lifecycle of objects plays a
The “gardens of the future” could be built in Poland
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The “gardens of the future” could be built in Poland

Polish architecture firm MJZ has introduced a proposal for a new urban farming masterplan. The facility would not only grow natural food products, but would also function as a nutrition research center and a community space. More and more researchers emphasize the need of switching to a plant-based diet, however,
Understanding the city of the future | Meet Urbanum
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Understanding the city of the future | Meet Urbanum

What does a livable, inclusive or sustainable city mean? What relationships can be formed between the built environment and the residents of the city? To whom does the city belong, for whom is it built and what factors influence it? Balázs Csizik, Géza Kulcsár and Vo Son Nam explore questions
Reorganize your life! | IKEA
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Reorganize your life! | IKEA

With more and more global companies trying to live up to their commitments regarding creating a sustainable future, IKEA also had to take action: they released their first store selling used furniture. The store will be opened in ReTuna shopping center in Eskilstuna, Sweden, offering second-hand goods only, but hopefully
Natural all the way | Sejribizli bistro, Budapest
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Natural all the way | Sejribizli bistro, Budapest

Budapest’s first zero waste bistro, Sejribizli opened under the leafy trees of Falk Miksa utca, where naturalness is key in every aspect. Even though it was only opened a week ago, Sejribizli seems like it has been a part of Falk Miksa utca forever. Based on the atmosphere of
Future cargo ships could be powered by the wind
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Future cargo ships could be powered by the wind

The Oceanbird vessel prototype designed by a Swedish company promises to reduce travel emissions by up to 90% compared to regular freighters. Several studies published over the past decade claim that Europe’s air pollution is caused much more by ocean transport than by car traffic. Therefore it is critical
Smart public furniture designed in Hungary | Kuube
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Smart public furniture designed in Hungary | Kuube

How can we make the dreams about smart cities come true with sustainable solutions? The Kuube smart benches designed in Hungary offer an alternative to this problem. They work with Hungarian materials, rely on renewable energy resources, while also catering for the new needs of information society. We present you
On the way to carbon neutrality | No Footprint House
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On the way to carbon neutrality | No Footprint House

The No Footprint House was made in the framework of a Dutch-Costa Rican collaboration in the island state – even though the house still has some carbon foot print, it very much approaches zero. The Costa Rican house of architecture studio A-01 supplied with a lot of natural light and natural
The latest design concrete is made of seashells
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The latest design concrete is made of seashells

Sea Stone resembling concrete both in terms of looks and components is manufactured out of discarded seashells. The shells piling up on shores as a side product of seafood and aquaculture industries usually end up in the landfill, but London and Seoul-based studio Newtab-22 figured out a way how to
Funny and sustainable textile handkerchiefs from Slovakia | Noa!
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Funny and sustainable textile handkerchiefs from Slovakia | Noa!

With the spreading of the zero waste way of living, many traditional, once widely used but now forgotten objects start to return to our everydays – including textile handkerchiefs. Slovakian Naďa Urbanová also saw the potential in the tiny piece of fabric, this is how Noa! came to life. The story
A competition for the designers of the future | Green design camp
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A competition for the designers of the future | Green design camp

Forty young creatives will be able to participate in the camp organized by Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation and Hello Wood for free. Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation [https://kbka.org/] and Hello Wood [https://hellowood.eu/] announced a green design camp for the 15-20 years age group. Those interested
Back to nature, through the city | SUP Budapest x Alma Vetlényi
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Back to nature, through the city | SUP Budapest x Alma Vetlényi

Fashion designer Alma Vetlényi and the SUP Budapest community launched their first T-shirt collection in the spirit of sustainability, inspired by sports and water, of course. The same as there is no silence without noise, as urban people, we can only experience nature truly through the city. The first pieces
“Pauza is a kind of reflection on our own lives”
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“Pauza is a kind of reflection on our own lives”

Love, coziness, home. Vitkovics Mihály utca hides a lot of treasures, including the Pauza store, regarded by many as a symbol of slowing down. The products in the store promote consciousness, therefore, in addition to bringing joy to customers, they also make the world a better place. Interview! Évi Klément
Europe’s largest green facade has been completed
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Europe’s largest green facade has been completed

A hedge consisting of 30 thousand plants, stretching for 8 kilometers. The facade of Kö-Bogen II offices in Düsseldorf qualifying as the largest green facade in Europe has been completed by Ingenhoven Architects. In addition to handling sustainability as a flagship issue, the development also represents a paradigm shift; the
Moholy Design Grant X HYPE | Demeter Fogarasi
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Moholy Design Grant X HYPE | Demeter Fogarasi

In 2019, eight young designers and design theorists could participate in the six-month László Moholy-Nagy Design Grant, managed by the Hungarian Design Council and financed by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office and the Ministry of Human Capacities. In the course of the program, the grantees could implement their self-developed projects
“Plan B” in design | We asked Hungarian businesses_02
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“Plan B” in design | We asked Hungarian businesses_02

The changes brought by the coronavirus also have a profound impact on the life of Hungarian design businesses. Everything that seemed to be working so far has been questioned and reevaluated either as a whole or just in part. How did the epidemic influence the life of Hungarian design undertakings?
Support Hungarian design! | SLOW LIFE
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Support Hungarian design! | SLOW LIFE

The coronavirus brought countless changes in our lives. Many beloved design brands are also at risk. Just like them, we also believe in the added value of Hungarian design. Our article series presents Hungarian small enterprises who could even make your days spent in quarantine a little bit better with
Openness and life-cycle approach | Komok
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Openness and life-cycle approach | Komok

Geometric, plain and playful. These expressions popped up in our minds when we see the projects and custom-designed furniture of Komok design-manufacturing studio. The founders, Péter Nagy and Norbert Juhász design with high aesthetic value and reasonable functionality in mind, and if possible, they are more than happy to involve
Ethical & sustainable | VUUV Works
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Ethical & sustainable | VUUV Works

Anna Lébényi can be familiar from the eco-conscious Printa brand for many, where she first worked as a production manager and designer, and later as a brand manager. The designer, who originally graduated as an architect, also tried herself in woodworking, and learnt the know-how of marquetry, too. Now she
Edinas paper animation on sustainable paper usage
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Edinas paper animation on sustainable paper usage

Edinas Paper calls the attention to the conscious choice of materials and the opportunities of sustainable paper usage together with Europapier in the form of an animation. > We consider communication and showing alternatives to our clients with which they can be successful in the current situation important also in these
Bimbi DECO | Contemporary patterns with traditional techniques
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Bimbi DECO | Contemporary patterns with traditional techniques

Warsaw-based weaving workshop Bimbi DECO found us on Instagram, and we fell in love with the decorative hand-made tapestries and pillows at the very first sight. The founder of the brand is Małgosia Kołodziejczak: she initially studied architecture and specialized in heritage protection before finally deciding three years ago that
Harm less | Biodegradable design objects
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Harm less | Biodegradable design objects

Why couldn’t the objects surrounding us be temporal just like us? In addition to being honest and simple, the creations of Zsófi Zala are made out of plant-based materials and waste, this way contributing to the reduction of the amount of waste generated by mass production. Interview! You experiment
Green Bucket List in HANNABI way
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Green Bucket List in HANNABI way

Funny and friendly illustrations with everyday scenes, helpful messages and to-dos that guide us how to build a sustainable and conscious way of life at our own pace, one step at a time. This is what the Green Bucket List created by HANNABI Manufaktúra is like. HANNABI is already known
CEE_RO | EASTRIDE
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CEE_RO | EASTRIDE

Young cyclists who believe in sustainable and innovative cities: the Eastride Delivery courier service only uses eco-friendly delivery methods in the spirit of environmentalism, and they also play a dominant role in preserving Romanian bicycle culture. The “Eastriders“ hop on their bikes in spite of the urban environment built on