Cradle to Cradle competition, MyEcoWall

Design students create biodegradable office space dividers

MyEcoWall is a fully biodegradable office partition system created by design students, Caterina Vianna and Ferran Gesa from EINA, University School of Design and Art, Barcelona, Spain. This acoustic wall has been awarded the “Best Student Project” and “Best Use of Aluminum” at the recently held Design challenge, organised by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

MyEcoWall replaces traditional acoustic panels made of fibre glass, polyurethane foam, melamine, heavy metals, and polyester and polypropylene fabrics.

The acoustic space separator obviates the use of vinyl, paints, finishes and adhesives that are not only extremely harmful to human health, but also generate indoor air pollution, and consume large amounts of energy for their manufacture, which also harms the environment.

“The challenge of MyEcoWall is to offer a means to combine needs, and workspace accordingly, to offer options of size, finish and, colour, and to do so with materials that are respectful ecologically to human beings and the environment,” the design duo explained in their submission.

MyEcoWall is completely assembled by screws, with parts that are easily changed. If any part needs replacement, it is not necessary to discard the entire product, rather only to exchange the part or parts in question.

Each piece is replaceable, eliminating the concept of “waste” and increase recyclability. The parts made with Alcoa Aluminum (profile and structures) can be remanufactured or recycled; the panels, handles, part of the wheel and wool fabric, which its materials are from the biological cycle (Ecovative Mushroom® Material & MycoBoard™, wool and cork), are reusable as compost, thus returning them to soil as a nutrient.