Cape Town to host Sustainable Design Showcase 2012


South Africa and Sweden’s design and sustainability experts to present at an event open to the public

Cape Town, February 2012: In March 2012, the Eco Design Initiative’s second annual Sustainable Design Showcase will take place at the Cape Town City Hall.  The interactive exhibition will be open to the public at no charge between 09:00 – 18:00 from 7 – 10 March, and again from 12 – 16 March.

Interactive sessions on the role of design in achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability will be hosted by local and international guest speakers during the first week between 09:00 and 11:30. A selection of sustainable designs that have a positive impact on social and environmental challenges in our societies will also be on display.

The Showcase will offer visitors an opportunity to view concepts and prototypes submitted by the ‘Fresh Talent’ finalists in the Eco Design Competition for South Africans under the age of 35. The winner of the competition will be announced on 16 March.

Residents and visitors to Cape Town are encouraged to attend the event to better understand how South Africa and Scandinavia are merging sustainability with design.

For more information on the Eco Design Initiative as well as the Sustainable Design Showcase 2012 please visit

About the Eco Design Initiative

The Eco Design Initiative is a South African non-profit organization with the main objective to develop opportunities for youth entrepreneurship in the field of sustainable design. Through facilitating skills and culture sharing amongst global youth, the Initiative aims to raise awareness and understanding about sustainable design as a precursor to environmental, social and economic wellbeing.

About the Sustainable Design Showcase 2012

The Sustainable Design Showcase 2012 is produced as a collaboration between The Eco Design Initiative, the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation and INDEX: Design to Improve Life®. The Showcase will be open to the public between 7 – 10 and 12 – 16 March 2012 from 09:00 – 18:00 at the Cape Town City Hall. For more information visit

About ‘no kak’

No Kak is a beautifully South African way of expressing ones intolerance to nonsense. Calling for positive action towards our sustainable future, the Eco Design Initiative campaigns for “no kak” in design – no waste, no pollution and absolutely no harm.

About the Eco Design Competition

The 2011 Eco Design Competition called for entrants to submit sustainable and innovative concepts relating to the theme ‘Home is where the heart is.’  Their challenge was to innovate in response to local challenges, but to consider their concepts’ global impact potential. Prototypes from the Fresh Talent finalist from this competition will be on display at the Showcase.

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1 Comment

  • Reply March 7, 2012

    carola ross

    wonderful concept.
    we should all be developing projects with an ECO bias.

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