Time To Care – Victorinox Sustainable Design and Innovation Competition July 18, 2011 RICCentre By Cheryl Lindsay The company that made the Swiss Army knife a reality is now creating an opportunity for another innovative product to hit the market. This competition is meant to be a unique project celebrating and generating innovative, responsible, and sustainable design. The project has been in progress for a year and they are now down to the seven finalists and asking for your input! The seven finalists include: LEAF – A low-maintenance, self-generating water source that uses solar power to produce 20 liters of drinkable water a day! The Sea Chair Project – A solution for marine debris that turns the discarded plastic clogging oceans and beaches into building material, and the disused boats in our fishing fleets into mobile chair-making factories. Waterless Toilet – eliminates the use of water in a toilet, and turns waste into pathogen-free organic compost. SafetyNet – Incorporates “escape rings” into a trawling net system, giving juvenile and endangered fish a much-needed second chance. Ejewelry – The ejewelry project salvages what’s valuable –uses the precious metals contained in e-waste and then converts what is leftover into objects of lasting beauty. Fortue Sustainable Stove – Uses biogas or biomass technology to provide developing communities with an inexpensive alternative to solid-fuel cooking systems. Easy Pod Washer – a smart alternative to one of the main sources of water pollution — chemical-washing powders. To vote and for more information visit: http://timetocare.victorinox.com/en/home.html Who do you think will come out on top? Do you see any value in these innovations? Cheryl Lindsay is an undergrad student and the University of Toronto, Mississauga. She is currently enrolled in the CCIT program pursuing a specialist in Digital Enterprise Management. Cheryl is a student intern with the RIC Centre acting as Assisting Communications Officer. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.