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We are an industrial design consultancy which aims to integrate the disciplines of sustainable design and inclusive design into mainstream design practice. We use these methodolgies to help us innovate new products that are better for the environment and that as many people as possible can use.

Businesses benefit from our approach through reduced manufacturing costs, strengthening and protecting their brand, innovation, preparing for and complying with legislation and maximising the size of their products' markets. Click here for more about how your business can benefit from sustainable design or here for the benefits of inclusive design.

News Archive

We've bin in The Times Ethical Gift Guide
On Saturday 2nd December the times picked our bin for thier ethical chrismas list. You can find it on the centre-spread!

Buy your binvention at
Since appearing in the New York Times, the London Paper the Gay Times our bins are now on: catering for all your recycling needs!

The CarbonNeutral Company are also stocking our bins
Find out how to of set your personal or business's carbon emissions at the CarbonNeutral Company and while you are there you can buy a binvention too! CarbonNeutral

Nigel's Eco Store is selling our Binvention
Since appearing in the Observer Magazine, Country Living and London Lite as "gadget of the day" we have another fantastic ethical online retailer stocking our bins:
Nigel's Eco Store

Binvention on sale at Eco Home Store
The nice people at eco home store recently exhibited our bins at the Grand Designs show at the NEC in birmingham and they are now available from their online store: Eco Home Store

[re]design '06
Come and meet us during the London Design Festival! We'll be showing and selling our binvention alongside other designers of 'good and gorgeous' new products at the [re]design'06 show in the Truman Brewery on brick lane. Private view on 20th Sept and the show runs from 21st-26th Sept.

Eco Design Day
Our friends at Fourth Wall Creations are running a free event at Trinity Bouy Wharf which is well worth a visit (we'll be there!).

Binvention shortlisted for the Grand Designs Magazine Awards
Our recycling bin is up for an Award in the 'eco product' category, to be announced at a gala dinner on the 2nd June as part of Grand Designs Live 2-4th June at Excel in London's Docklands.

Binvention goes on sale in the UK !
The first batch of binventions in red, green, dark turquoise and plain aluminium are now available - get yours here.

What you've bin waiting for: Competition Winner and Results
Thank you for your votes and wonderful comments - in all we had over 300 votes! Our lucky winner was Saara Renvall, from Imu Design in Finland. She said “I never win anything! This was a GREAT surprise!” read more...

Win a Binvention Competition update.
We've had a fantastic response and are keeping the competition open until 10th April. To see how the voting has gone so far click here.

Design Week Article on 'Design for Durability'
The 'Binvention' and 'Toginon' range of kitchen knives are featured in this week's Design Week (6th April) in an article promoting a one-day conference run by Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Sustainable Consumption at the Design Council. For more details about the event click here.

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Knives to be available in the UK.
For information about ordering this product click here.

Win a Binvention !
We are going to make a limited edition of 150 aluminium recycling bins, and we would like you to help us choose the colours! To vote for your favorite colour and a chance to win a free binvention click here.

New range of Eco-Friendly Kitchen Knives Launched in Japan. 'Toginon' was designed for Japanese manufacturer Shimizu Hamono in Seki City in Japan. The product represents a product-service-system - each knife has two blades and Shimizu provides a sharpening service. read more...

Sprout wins Eco Homestores 'Best in Show' Award for our 'Binvention' at the [Re]Design 05 exhibition, part of the London Design Festival. Hailed as 'super slick' by Time Out, the binvention responds to the massive need for people in the UK to be able to separate and store cans, bottles and papers for recycling. Re-use carrier bags by hanging them in the binvention until you want to take out your recycling. read more about the binvention.

Ready Meal Packaging Innovation for Tesco
Sprout are currently working with Tesco and WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). Our brief is to research and design innovative new ways of packaging ready-meals that would result in a reduction in the levels of UK household waste.

Inclusive Design Support network for Business
Earlier this year, Sprout became a founding member of the 'Centre for Inclusive Technolgy and Design' (CITD). This is a new collaboration between Sprout, the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, SCOPE, Scientific Generics, Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, Ricability, UKiiD, the RNIB and the RNID. To initiate this collaboration a programme sponsored by the DTI was undertaken to understand the level of awareness of Inclusive Design in industry today and deliver a high impact training package to 8 major companies in the UK.

Inclusive Design Webtool exhibited at Inclusive Design Conference

Sprout and Cambridge Engineering Design Centre are developing the world’s first commercial Inclusive design web tool. We introduced this at the Include 2005 conference in April at the Royal College of Art. It will allow companies to estimate the level of exclusion a product causes (the number of people in the UK who would not be able to use the product) help them design more inclusively.

Sprout talk on Sustainable Design at the PDM Event in April
Sprout gave a talk on sustainable design at the Plastics and Design Moulding Event on 13th April 2005. An introduction to sustainable design was followed by why it is about to hit the product design agenda, and then some methodology was presented, all illustrated with inspiring examples throughout. Sprout are available to speak at similar events.

Launch of Sprout's Inclusive Design Guidelines for B&Q / Kingfisher at 'Designed for Living' 2004.
The 1st October 2004 saw the third phase of the Disability Discrimination Act come into force and this was marked by the Disability Rights Commission's 'Designed for Living 2004' event at the London Studios. The event was sponsored by B&Q who took the opporunity to launch the inclusive design guidelines that Sprout wrote for B&Q and their parent group, Kingfisher. more

Sprout wins NESTA Creative Pioneer Award
Sprout were one of eleven companies to win a 'Creative Pioneer' Award from NESTA in 2004. Our business concept of using the principles of inclusive design and sustainable design at the concept phase of the design process helped us win support from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. more

Our recycling bin is on sale now. Order your very own binvention here>>

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We are giving a talk at the Design Council on 'Understanding behaviour for successful product development'. details>>

Design Guidelines for Kingfisher

Ergo-trowel for SKC designed for recycling and disassembly.