Nominated for the German Sustainability Award Design 2020
The German Sustainability Award (DNP), Europe’s largest award of its kind, will be presented for the 13th time in 2020, in cooperation with the Federal Government, business associations, civil society organizations and research institutions (www.nachhaltigkeitspreis.de).
The Flintstones cooking system is a vision of using energy efficiently when cooking. When placed on the gas stove, the Flintstones absorb the previously unused scattered energy from the gas flame and store it in a natural way. After a short time, you can continue cooking with the stored heat for up to 15 minutes without the gas flame. This means that a single sliding gas burner is sufficient for cooking on several hobs.
Designed for a long life, the Flintstones cooking system relies on an analog solution, without technical components, such as displays or circuit boards, which are quickly outdated and complicated to replace or repair. The design is pure and timeless, so that the product is not subject to changing trends or lifestyles. At the end of the life cycle, the parts used can be mechanically separated and recycled.
Sustainable design can change people’s lifestyles. It gives its users the chance to make their own decisions for sustainability and to contribute to the transformation. Products and services that make this possible will prevail in the foreseeable future. This is where design, responsibility and business success come together and make an important contribution to the change towards a sustainable society.
The natural energy storage of the Flintstones can save approx. 40 – 70 percent of the amount of gas required for cooking. There are around 41.4 million households in Germany, of which around 6 percent use a gas stove. If the Flintstone cooking system were used in all of these households, the amount of gas needed for cooking today could supply an additional 993.600 to 1.738.800 Flintstone households in the future.
The Flintstones cooking system is a sustainable product system, which offers a resource-saving advantage through the active behavior of the user. Its functionality is known and easy to understand. From the moment two hobs are required, it is inevitable to act sustainably. Through this active behavior, awareness is raised that it is our own actions that create lasting value.
Reducing the amount of gas needed for cooking would go hand in hand with reducing CO2 emissions through the production, transportation and combustion of fossil natural gas. In addition, the reduced consumption makes the use of refillable gas cartridges more attractive. These contain 100% biogas, which would make an additional positive contribution to the climate with 90% less emissions compared to fossil natural gas.
Potential for the future
The Flintstones cooking system is analog, inexpensive and climate friendly. It is made from recycled and recyclable materials and is designed to last long. The user is encouraged to act in a way that conserves resources. This makes the Flintstones cooking system a sustainable product concept that offers a real and easy to implement alternative to complex, expensive high-tech solutions.