Victorinox Swiss Army's "Time to Care Sustainable Design Award" Goes Public

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Victorinox Swiss Army invites visitors to its “Time to Care” website to vote for the best sustainable design

Victorinox Swiss Army is pleased to announce that public voting opens June 1st on the brand’s dedicated website. Visitors are invited to vote for the best student projects from among seven jury-selected finalists in a search for innovative and sustainable solutions.

By voting for their favorite projects, visitors to the “Time to Care” website will help finance the creation stage of three sustainable design projects. Participants can vote once a day — and by doing so they automatically enter a fortnightly lucky draw to win an Alliance timepiece.

Get involved now! To vote or learn more, visit the Time to Care website

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Safetynet, by Dan Watson, Royal College of Art, UK
Saving fish — and fisherman — from extinction

Fortué Sustainable Stove, by Sabina Popin, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Cleaner air through healthier cooking practices

Waterless Toilet, by Oscar González Muñoz & Cristián Corcuera Coutiño, CIDI UNAM, Mexico
Turn off the tap: a “WC” without the “W”

Easy Pod Washer, by Yingying ZHOU, Shijiao LI & Sicheng WANG, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University (China)
An ancient Chinese laundry trick in a modern package

LEAF, by Anurag Sarda, Maeer's Mit Institute Of Design, India
Producing water out of thin air — and solar power

ejewelry - Repurposing ewaste, by Jennifer Jeng & Yahayra Rosario Cora, SCAD, United States of America
A responsible and aesthetic way of recycling electronic junk

The Sea Chair Project, by Alexander Groves, Azusa Murakami & Kieran Jones, Royal College of Art, UK
Solving the problem of plastic, one chair at a time


Today, the need to foster sustainable practices is more urgent than ever. This is why Victorinox Swiss Army has organized Time to Care, an international competition celebrating - and generating - innovative, responsible, and sustainable design.

In early January, students from the world’s top design schools were invited to submit sustainable design projects to an international jury of designers and engineers. The response was extraordinary: a total of 39 projects were submitted. Among those, seven projects were selected as being the most innovative and in line with a sustainable future. Selecting only seven finalists was not an easy task. The breadth of innovative ideas was astonishing. Victorinox Swiss Army wishes to thank the students who participated in the contest, and commend them for their professionalism and creativity.

Now it’s the public’s turn to get into the act. After the public voting at the end of August, the top three selected teams will each receive up to 50,000 Swiss Francs to realize their projects. In addition, the 1st place project will receive a cash prize of 15,000 Swiss francs. The second place will win 10,000 Swiss Francs, and the third place entry 5,000 Swiss Francs. The students who rank from the 4th to the 7th place will be rewarded with 2,000 Swiss Francs along with a Victorinox Swiss Army timepiece.


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