Green designs for sustainable living

Ayala Land Inc

Posted at Jan 10 2019 05:19 PM

(L-R) Illustrator Winnie Wong, zero waste advocate Kimi Caja-Juan, furniture designer Vito Selma, Ayala Land Head of Corporate Marketing Cathy Bengzon, Ayala Land Sustainability Unit Head Charlotte Cailao, and Ayala Land Urban Planning Unit and Design Council Head Gilbert Berba.

Six projects bested hundred others in a green design competition that aims to promote environmental sustainability. 

The 'Design Your Tomorrow Today' contest launched by Ayala Land Inc. gathered ideas for three main categories: plastic-free tomorrow, living sustainably, and estate-wide solutions.

The competition received over 200 entries from individuals, organizations, and schools.

Here are the six best ideas:

1. Grand prize: Thinking Outside the Bottle
Murshamir Sangkula bagged the grand prize for the plastic-free tomorrow category with this "Thinking Outside the Bottle" model.

The project wants to see Ayala property-based users of plastic-bottled or plastic-packaged and non-perishable goods, such as shampoo and liquid soap, partner up with manufacturers to have dispensing machines for their goods. 

The model borrows the vendo concept where consumers could fill their receptacles. The project envisions having dispensing machines that have preset buttons for apportionment of the goods to avoid wastage.

This model is seen as a step forward to a "'biocircular' economy by embedding sustainability in the very DNA of how goods are delivered to consumers."

2. Consolation prize: Drink Dine Carry
Roselle Buray made a pitch for an all-in-one bottle that allows its users to drink and eat anywhere.

The bottle is shaped in a way that a spoon, fork, and plate may be attached to it. When the utensils are not in use, a matte plastic/rubber cover will be used to wrap the utensils around the bottle.

The 'Drink Dine Carry' bottle is envisioned to make carrying one's own utensils convenient while ensuring there is no more need for single-use plastic utensils.

3. Grand prize: Ayala eCo-Create 
Riena Marie Solacito came up with the idea of having an eco-friendly community within an Ayala Land property. 

The 'Ayala eCo-Create' is seen as an area where anyone may begin their 'zero-waste' lifestyle journey. It will be a store that would empower a green life by offering options for zero-waste supplies. 

The project wants Ayala Land to provide a space to promote initiative and crafts of local business owners who will be tapped to supply for the zero-waste shop.

The store aims to address the lack of resources that would spark sustainable development in the country.

4. Consolation prize: Two-way powered automated garbage segregator

Wellmar Pulvera brought to the table the idea of having a two-way garbage segregator.

The garbage segregator contains sensors that detect the presence of objects in the machine. It is also able to detect metal objects, plastic bottles, glass, and paper.

If the machine detects an object, it will segregate accordingly.

Objects that will not be detected will be deposited in the organic waste, which will undergo an 'anaerobic co-digestion', a procedure through which an organic waste is transformed into another shape.

The microbial population of the organic waste will result to the creation of biogas, which can power the machine.

The concept commits to "reduce the amount of waste by man and/or machines".

5. Grand prize: Project Square Meter
Noriel Estipular won the grand prize for his 'Project Square Meter' concept.

The interactive space aims to make use of recycled plastic blocks that could harvest energy from organic and solar technology, to make "a neighborhood like no other."

It will be a prototype in design that can build parks, sidewalks, green areas, garden, landscapes, and urban setting.

6. Consolation prize: Mobile Material Recovery
Mike Lester Rosales aims to help reduce the need for more carbon with his mobile material recovery pitch.

With the equipment, waste may be captured and processed on-site. Trees and bushes can be recycled as compost or mulch. Metals can be melted and reformed while construction materials can be repurposed by being broken down and recycled as base course for building driveways and footpaths. 

The winning entries were decided by a panel of judges, including furniture designer Vito Selma (estate-wide solutions category), illustrator Winnie Wong (living sustainably category), and zero waste advocate Kimi Caja-Juan (plastic-free category), as well as votes from the public.

Grand prize winners were awarded P50,000 each.

Aside from being part of Ayala Land's 30th anniversary celebrations, the 'Design Your Tomorrow Today' contest is in line with the real estate firm's aim for its estates to be sustainable and eco-efficient.

"In our 30th year, we want your help in generating ideas for a plastic-free, and sustainable future for Filipinos. Help us co-create the future, and your ideas could come to life in Ayala Land estates all around the Philippines," the company said in its website.

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