5 Sustainable Designs

5 Sustainable Designs

From reducing plastic consumption to generating solar energy, this selection of innovative projects foregrounds responsible design practice for the future of the planet.

Dick Moby

With a mission to reduce pollution, Dick Moby makes stylish eyewear from plastic. Using 97% recycled and bio-based acetates – and offering Microfibre cleaning cloths made from PET bottles – the brand foregrounds quality and sustainability, and cleaner oceans.


This East London-based company creates contemporary terrazzo surfaces from byproducts of local marble manufacturing. Handmade from 97% recycled and reclaimed materials, the products lend themselves to intriguing and durable tabletops, work surfaces and more.

Ministry of Tomorrow

Supporting environmental and social developments around the world, MOT offers a range of hand-crafted vegan and cruelty free leather bags. Providing sustainable livelihoods for its employees, it champions women and offers fair wage opportunities for marginalised communities.


LAYER’s AXYL collection of recycled aluminum chairs presents a sleek design with low environmental impact. Re-using waste products from the furniture industry, it is available in a range of materials, including recycled wood fibre, reclaimed timber and recycled nylon.

Marjan Van Aubel

Featured in Issue 84 of Aesthetica, Marjan Van Aubel is an award-winning solar designer whose innovative practice spans sustainability, design and technology. Shown here is the ingenious Current Table, which generates electricity to recharge numerous devices.