Botanical Colors is being nominated for its creative way of using natural and sustainable sources for its dyes while supporting farming communities and small producers. Industrial dyeing is one of the top polluters in the world, consuming enormous amounts of energy, water, and petrochemical based colorants that leave chemical pollutants in the water when washed. Botanical Colors combats this conventional dyeing process by supplying artisans with the materials and knowledge to dye textiles in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and biodegradable, and utilizes colors that are sustainably derived from natural sources such as food waste products (such as pomegranate skins). Furthermore, Botanical Colors is a supporter of the movement to bring textile jobs back to the U.S.
Dwell Development: New Rainier Vista
Dwell Development is being nominated for building the 42-home sustainable micro-community, New Rainier Vista, which allows for net-zero living. Created in collaboration with the architecture firm Julian Weber Architects, each unique home is 5-Star Built Green certified. Features include solar-ready rooftop configurations, advanced framing, high impact insulation, triple-glazed windows, tankless on demand hot water, radiant heating systems or uber efficient ductless mini-splits, as well as heat recovery ventilation systems (HRV) to help prepare the home for net zero energy usage in the future. One of the homes is certified as Net Energy Positive (HERS -1) and is officially Seattle’s first net positive spec home. The main aim of the project was to create a community that brings together like-minded individuals in Seattle who value community, sustainability and modern design.
Evrnu is being nominated for its revolutionary technology upcycles cotton garment waste by breaking it down to create a new pristine fiber which can be used for new garment productions. The social purpose corporation creates products using minimal virgin resources and generates no waste. Evrnu’s objective is to recycle these discarded fibers to create premium textiles and provide a solution to the problem of textile waste. Envru’s fiber upcycling technology allows designers to have high-quality fibers without creating significant impact to the environment and cutting greenhouse gases in half. Evrnu is the first and only invention of its kind to be commercialized in the United States.
Modumetal is being nominated for its creation of a revolutionary new nanolaminated alloy that is stronger and lighter than steel, more corrosion resistant than galvanized, and more durable than chrome. Modumetal uses a process similar to electroplating, where electricity is used to create a metal coating on a surface. The company employs nanotechnology to closely control the conditions and substances through which electroplating occurs. Essentially, the process involves growing metal on a surface in a way that makes it easier to shape the material’s characteristics with precision, using less energy, and saving money. Layer-by-layer, Modumetal grows metal similar to how the environment controls conditions related to a tree’s growth. Their product could mark a breakthrough for the construction, automotive, and oil and gas industries.
Paladino and Company: Seattle headquarters
Paladino and Company is being nominated for its creative and advanced renovation of their Seattle headquarters that achieved near-zero carbon emission and LEED v4 Gold certification– only the seventh v4 project to be certified in the world, and the first in the Pacific Northwest. Recognizing the potential to showcase the benefits of sustainable spaces, Paladino and Company, in collaboration with SKB Architects Schuchart, aligned sustainability features to the goal of an office space that positively impacts the community and environment, supports the wellness of employees, and advances the firm’s mission and vision of a sustainable future. The team prioritized the creation of a space that allowed collaboration, natural ventilation, and daylight to flow freely throughout the space, while a raw space was left as a reminder of the building’s history and preserved to demonstrate that simple, expressive materials can be beautiful and highly sustainable.