While researching environmental and ecological design I have come across a host of sources on sustainability and the individuals accredited for trying to aim towards a more greener existence. In amongst my exploration of 'green' design I came across a whirlpool of 'eco-architects including Ken Yeang who has been named by The Guardian as "one of the 50 people who could save the planet'.
Ken Yeang is an incredible artist and deserves a whole blog post devoted entirely to him but in this I will talk about another creator I found on this very same list: Guy Lamstaes.
Within this detailed list of politicians, entrepreneurs, chancellors, businessmen and Leonardo DiCapro sat Guy Lamstae, the 'inventor'. I was pretty baffled by that term, as inventers make me think of mad scientists or lonely individuals locked up in their basements 'inventing' overcomplicated designs to do the simplest of tasks but I would never label designers, engineers, creatives or myself as 'inventers'. Although the more I say it the more fond I find the concept of being labelled just that. Inventor. It sounds much more exciting. That if you told your profession to a small child their eyes would widen and mouth would drop open with a "wow". I wonder if I can add that to my LinkedIn...
Back to Guy Lamstaes: Inventor. A more formal description of his occupation would be engineer and he earned his place on the 2008 list for a device that could reduce household and industrial emissions by simply being fitted into your fridge.
The company claim that in an industrial environment, such as a series of breweries, the device could save an individual company up to £3.5million on top of 17,000 tons of CO2 per year if implemented nationwide. Not bad for the £25 price tag.
Vidal, J., Adam, D., Watts, J., Hickman, L. and Sample, I. (2008). 50 people who could save the planet. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/jan/05/activists.ethicalliving [Accessed 4 Oct. 2016].
Adam, D. (2007). Fridge gadget that could slash greenhouse emissions. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/mar/17/climatechange.climatechangeenvironment [Accessed 4 Oct. 2016].
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