Formex Sustainability Award 2024 Shines Spotlight on Global Excellence in Green Design

Emma Olbers - Jury member for the Formex Sustainability Award 2024
Emma Olbers - Jury member for the Formex Sustainability Award 2024

For the second consecutive year, the Formex Sustainability Award will be presented to honor a product that stands for it’s sustainability. Exhibiting companies have submitted applications with products this fall and the jury has nominated seven of the entries. All entries will be showcased at Formex in January 2024, where the winner will also be announced.

The Formex Sustainability Award was established last year as a way for Formex to promote sustainable development within the interior design industry and highlight good examples. Similar to last year, the award is structured as a competition where companies submit their entries, and a jury is responsible for the nominations. This year’s jury consists of Marie-Louise Hellgren, designer, Emma Olbers, designer, Maria Soxbo, journalist and co-founder of the Climate Club and Björn Florman, Material Library Stockholmsmässan.

In addition to an interesting range of products, we also see more international entries this year, which is an exciting development. Swedish design already has a good reputation, and if the Formex Sustainability Award can inspire higher sustainability ambitions beyond the country’s borders, it is, of course, a fantastic bonus,” says Maria Soxbo.

At Formex in January 2024, the seven nominated products will be exhibited, and the winning entry will be presented. The winner will also receive a unique trophy designed by the designer and jury member Marie-Louise Hellgren, as well as 10 square meters of free exhibition space at the next Formex.

Today, sustainability has become a natural element in most businesses because it can benefit both the environment, the economy, and people. It’s work that must not stop, and with this exhibition, we hope to highlight good examples and remind and inspire exhibitors to showcase the work that often is already underway,” says Sonja Björk Ebert, Project Area Manager at Formex.

Nominations for the Formex Sustainability Award 2024

Sitting Pouf – Anzy Home
A classic “pouf” with a new futuristic twist – delivered empty for the buyer to fill with any material, rags, or worn-out clothes. The flat package allows for more efficient shipping, the design encourages reuse, and the cotton cord is made from recycled textile waste and used clothing, minimizing the carbon footprint. The pouf is handmade in Ukraine as part of a social initiative for vulnerable women, and when it has served its purpose in our homes, the producer takes it back to reclaim the material.

Lip Balm – Gustafs Gotländska
A thoughtful consumable item in stylish packaging that prioritizes local, social, and ecological sustainability. Swedish rapeseed oil, Gotland beeswax, and Gotland honey combined with fairtrade shea butter from Ghana keep lips, hands, and cheeks soft in all weather. Production takes place in Roma on the Swedish island Gotland, and both the product and packaging decompose in approximately three months in nature – setting this lip balm apart from many of its plastic-packaged counterparts.

Pancake Slab – Lursta Cast Iron
High craftsmanship and a consistent sustainability approach characterize this newcomer. Both the pancake slab and its smaller sister, the portion mortar, are made from locally sourced recycled scrap and waste from neighboring factories. Casting is done with recycled sand, and the cast iron is treated with rapeseed from fields just a stone’s throw away. A gold star for communication, conveying that the products can be melted down and transformed into something else – but, above all, they are a loan from future generations.

Children’s Jeans – Nimble Patch
When play wears holes in children’s jeans, making them unsellable on the secondhand market, Nimble Patch gives them new life by upgrading them with knee patches made of extra-durable fabric or recycled denim. A resource-efficient product where 80% consists of the original jeans, creating maximum climate benefit. Production through social initiatives in Malmö and Vänersborg also promotes social sustainability. The result is children’s jeans that can withstand play for several generations.

Cat Cave – Tail Living
In small-scale and Fair Trade-certified production, wet-felted wool with mild soap and warm water is transformed into stylish and well-designed hideaways for our furry friends. The choice of biodegradable and self-cleaning wool gives the cat cave a long lifespan, makes it easy to shape, and is durable for daily use – and the day it’s worn out, it is biodegradable. A harmonious and well-thought-out addition to the home, and a cozy place for a beloved family member.

Circular Wheat Warmer – Terrible Twins
A well-thought-out product taken to the next level of sustainability by using discarded hotel linen in the form of a wheat warmer. The content consists of organic wheat with an option of organic lavender, which can be composted when the product is completely worn out. B Corp-certified production in Sweden provides a new chance for people who have been outside the job market, creating social sustainability around this warming and cooling classic.

Candles – Wood Mood
Waste from the wood industry is transformed by this Ukrainian family business into unique wooden candle sleeves filled with locally produced beeswax. Refinement of the wax mass is done with solar power, and there’s a clever innovation with a clay plate and wooden wick that makes these candle sleeves safe despite the flammable material choice. The production supports local recovery in the region, and when the light is extinguished, the sleeve can be filled with a new candle or reused for something else.

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