D.eco: 2015 Sustainability Competition

Out to save the world? Us too.

AIGA Miami, in partnership with SAUSHI, invites you to reuse, refurb and upcycle discarded materials into functional works of art. Enter our D.eco Sustainability Competition and raise awareness for waste reduction and eco-friendly practices. Repurpose debris into architecture, jewelry, fashion, furniture or whatever else you’re most passionate about. Turn garbage into something meaningful, and turn consumers on to more sustainable living. Check out this post to be inspired by real-life examples of Sustainable Design products.

Call for entries

Submit your entry by November 8, 2015. All designs will be promoted by AIGA Miami on the web, in social channels, and in other media. Finalists' designs will be exhibited in a gallery show format in Miami during November 2015.

When you're ready to submit your design, click here to start the submission process.

Categories & Prizes

AIGA Miami will award prizes to one winner in each of the following three categories: Best Overall, Most Practical, and Thinking Local.

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Overview of Prizes:

Jury Criteria

Our panel of judges include sustainability, design, and entreprenurial leaders.

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Our judges will be looking for the following qualities in your sustainable design product:

  • Design Quality: Designs should be sophisticated, thoughtful, and innovative
  • Usefulness: Designs should be functional and have consumer appeal
  • Environmental Impact: Designs should promote waste reduction and educate the public about more sustainable living
  • Future Potential: Designs should demonstrate a business concept that is viable or has potential for expansion and growth
  • Feasibility to Scale: Designs should be able to be implemented in large production to reduce more waste and create a greater impact

Design Guidelines & Constraints

Works should be created from discarded materials – household, construction and industrial waste (e.g. plastic bottles, styrofoam containers, old electronics, water bottles, cigarette butts, plastic sheeting, barrels, spools, pallets).

New or recycled elements are allowed sparingly, but should be used for structural purposes, not as the main body of your piece. For example, you could connect upcycled pieces with glue, wire or rope or include a technology component – but new materials should not form the core of your design.

AIGA Miami reserves the right to change contest terms. Participants will be notified of any changes in terms.

Key Dates

  • August 24th: Competition Launch & Happy Hour @ The Betsy
  • November 8th: Competition closes at 11:45pm EST; judging begins
  • November 16th: Finalists announced
  • November, date TBD: Opening Exhibition Showcase & Party

How To Enter

D.eco is open to professional & student designers anywhere in the world. You can enter as an individual or as a team (up to 4 people). You'll need to submit one entry form and nonrefundable fee for each project. You'll need to include:

  • + Your contact information and nonrefundable entry fee
  • + Contact information for all your teammates (if you're submitting as part of a team)
  • + Four pictures of your product (professional quality please – a front, back, side, and "in use" or "in context" view)
  • + Project brief (250 words minimum: 150 words detailing your inspiration, 100 words describing how you might scale your idea to create greater local impact)

Ready to submit your design? Click here to start the submission process.


  • Student AIGA Members: $20
  • Student Non-Members: $25
  • AIGA Members: $30
  • Non-members: $40

Entry fees are tax-deductible. Finalists’ work will be displayed at the Opening Exhibition, where winners will be announced. If selected as a finalist, you’ll need to cover any costs of shipping / delivering and pickup of your work.

D.eco Sustainability Competition: Design by Arlyn Hernandez; Photography by Hector Chacon; Copy by Jen Hyde

When & Where
Tue, Nov 30, -0001