From mobility miracle to pollution problem, cars have played many roles over their 135-year history. But they’ve never been cast as something particularly sustainable. Much less won an award for it. Until now, that is.
Polestar has won Product Innovation of the Year for its all-electric Polestar 2 at the renowned edie Sustainability Leaders Awards. Organised by edie, the Awards recognise organisations that have taken their environmental, social and financial performance to new heights in an effort to achieve a sustainable future, today.
Polestar’s performance in these areas includes greater traceability of the cobalt used for Polestar 2 batteries, the publication of Polestar 2’s LCA report, and conclusively proving that sustainable is the new premium through the use of unorthodox and upcycled materials.
“Polestar represents a hugely impressive approach to innovation that seize traceability to improve social outcomes as well as reduce environmental impacts,” said the jury. “This is an aspirational product made in a state-of-the-art factory with true innovation embedded at its core.”
Polestar 2 refuses to be typecast. Winning an award for playing the role of Sustainable Product Innovation of the Year is proof.
The Overview Effect: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. Those who have experienced it describe a new understanding of the uniqueness, fragility, and relative smallness of our one and only home. And while it’s easy to imagine the impact this must have; it seems that spaceflight is a prerequisite. Which is why we sat down with Karen Nyberg.
A core principle of sustainability is future-proofing. Keeping items in use saves energy and reduces waste, as they’re thrown away or replaced less often. There are any number of ways to ensure a product doesn’t become obsolete. Durable materials. Timeless design. And OTA software updates, like the latest one available for Polestar 2.
The most innovative ideas are brought about through creative collaboration. Ideas that have the power to change; to revolutionise the status quo and spark social and environmental change. By connecting thoughts, experiences, skills, and intuition, visionary endeavours, like design, can be elevated from good to great.