Seven and a quarter centuries ago, in 1291, representatives of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden got together on the Rütliwiese and swore to loyalty and collaboration. Due to a simple goal (the defense against the Austrians and other enemies), an individual and heterogeneous nation was born. As is often the case when a good idea proves itself, others joined over time and let the nation grow (at least a little). If one looks closely, the Swiss history has not little in common with a convincing business idea. In celebration of the day we introduce five creative and sustainable Swiss products.
Time machines - Florian Schlumpf
Punctual but timeless appear the time machines of Florian Schlumpf. In his workshop behind his house in Vilters at Sargans he constructs his peculiar creations. The inventive mind lies in his blood – his great grandfather developed the ‘Widder’, a water pump which works without external power. Florian Schlump developed them further. The innovative spirit can also be found in his clock artworks; they are not only nice to look at, but they also consume less energy. The spiral ring and anchor plates partly retain the energy of the slowed down movement (necessary for a rhythmic tic-tac) and reuse it. Pointers aren’t found within his artworks – they should rather inspire to pause for a moment and to let time pass deliberately.
Koala bicycles is the youngest idea of the selection with its company foundation in August 2015. It was developed in Zurich by three computer science students. With 4’000 CHF of the ETH EC-Award they could start realizing their 100% sustainable bamboo bicycles. Bamboo is not only a natural alternative to steel, but furthermore an exceptionally fast growing one. Meanwhile, Kevin Klein,Tim Taubner and Philip Junker transferred the production of the stylish bicycles to Munich, the distribution is based in Zurich and the surrounding region as well as in Munich. The bicycles are no mass product (yet); they get handcrafted on demand.
Swiss Eco Tap
“Only 2.5 percent of the water worldwide is drinking water”. The Swiss Eco Tap helps water-poor regions with an innovative technique behind a simple idea: A spray technique enables efficient cleaning using less water. The Grisons brand won numerous awards with its ‘most sustainable valve’ and is now diligently developing further water-saving products with its Swiss Ecoline.
The ‚Querbeet’ came already into being in 2000; however the idea complies more than ever with the current taste of the time. From a variety of regional producers, boxes are filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Who would like to have an extra egg, some bread or a suiting balsamico, can order it in addition – only with a few clicks online. The products are delivered in reusable boxes and refrigerated with solar energy. The boxes are available by subscription in different sizes, to suit your appetite. Who does not want to commit can also try a one-time box delivery.
Why - the sustainable computer
Whether it be a sustainable computer or laptop – Why! Open computing makes sustainable history with its innovative products. The enterprise based in Lausanne was founded by former councilor of the Canton Waadt, François Marthaler, and launched its first computer in September 2013. Not only was its energy efficiency honored with the Energy Star 5 label; furthermore the producer guarantees a ten-year run time (spare parts being for free). In this way the company wants to fight short-term trend products, which burden the environment due to their huge amount of grey energy (energy required during manufacturing). A fair product – not only for the environment but also for the consumer (as long as you are a Linux connoisseur).