The Cumulus Green 2020: For A New Circular Economy competition launched in October 2019. With input and resources by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the competition set out to invite students from all Cumulus member institutions to address the challenge of SDG12: responsible consumption and production. By the time the submissions closed at the end of January 2020, a total of 683 submissions had poured in from 163 universities across 44 countries.

With a mix of individual and team submissions and a diverse range of education levels and disciplines represented, Cumulus Green 2020 brought together a high level of ingenious and innovative projects that showcase solutions towards a circular economy across three different categories: products, services and systems. We congratulate all students who participated in the competition and are grateful to each member of the esteemed jury of Cumulus Green and Jury Co-Chairs Dr. Sam Bucolo and Elsebeth Gerner-Nielsen for this outstanding and wide-ranging selection of winners and honorable project mentions.

All 683 project submissions can be viewed in the Cumulus Green 2020 submission portal hosted by Jovoto here.

Facts & Figures

Prize Winners

The top three projects selected by the Cumulus Green 2020 Jury fall along a continuum of products and systems from the speculative, Filoskin by Valerio Di Giannantonio from the Iceland University of the Arts, to the functional and immediately applicable, Bloom by Natalie Ferry Team and Stefano Pagani from Parsons School of Design, The New School, to the conceptual and strategic, DYPP by Frida van der Drift Breivik and Frøya Thue from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Institute of Design. All three projects, which are the result of individual and team contributions, go beyond offering straightforward design solutions to the challenge posed by SDG 12: responsible consumption and production. Instead, they engage and provoke with a wide set of perspectives about the possibilities for a circular economy and a sustainable future.

Cumulus is grateful to its partner, BE OPEN, for recognizing all 3 winners with matching monetary prizes, amplifying the original Cumulus Green 2020 award through their generosity.

1st Prize


by Valerio Di Giannantonio
Iceland University of the Arts
2nd Prize


by Natalie Ferry and Stefano Pagani
Parsons School of Design at The New School
3rd Prize


by Frida van der Drift Breivik
and Frøya Thue
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Honorable Entries

Cumulus Green 2020 is proud to have selected the following projects as ones deserving to be recognized for their exceptional merit.

All Cumulus Green 2020 Honorable Mention projects were considered for two additional prizes by Cumulus partner and think tank BE OPEN in the “Second Life of Things in Design” competition.

Pack Zero by Ruoyi An, Yanhui Ban and Shijie Luan, students at ArtCenter College of Design, US won the Founder’s Choice Award and Agave Bioplastic by Fernanda Ordorica Bechelany, a student of National School of Architecture, Art and Design at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico was selected for the online Public Vote Award.

BE OPEN is a global cultural and social initiative to foster creativity and innovation, a think tank founded by philanthropist and entrepreneur Elena Baturina. The mission of BE OPEN is to promote people and ideas today to build solutions for tomorrow. 

Sorted alphabetically by project title


by Freya Lynn Coriand, Tommaso Daverio,
Kamila Anna Dzierzak and Celine Tesselaar
Aalborg University
Public Vote Award – BE OPEN

Agave Bioplastic

by Fernanda Ordorica Bechelany
National School of Architecture, Art and Design Tecnologico de Monterrey


by Ewa Hiller
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Color the Sea

by Clémence Conesa, Madeleine Fritsch,
Chloé Jeannier, Bastien Maubé
Strate, School of Design

Dairy Pad

by Dorota Chwedoruk and
Karolina Łukasiak
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw


by Juan Manuel García Álvarez and
Joshua Jimenez Hernandez
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana


by Mats Beckman
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts


by Luca Andrea Pfeiffer
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern

Giving Lunch

by Binbin Zheng, Danmiao Fan, Yulin Sun, Chao Weng and Miaosen Gong
Jiangnan University

Gpal by Gaia

by Xinyi Ren, Abigail Dergazarian,
Amanda Wallgreen and Adeline Kou
ArtCenter College of Design

Hairy Times

by Melissa Kramer
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Human to Humus

by Hanna Turesson Bernehed
Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design


by Mireia Panisello
BAU Design College of Barcelona
Founder's Choice Award – BE OPEN


by Ruoyi An, Yanhui Ban and Shijie Luan
ArtCenter College of Design


by Ellen Solding and Karen Cort Nielsen
Linnaeus University


by Peiyue Lin, Xin Wang, Jiayin Song
and Haowei Zhou
East China Normal University


by Tim Li
ArtCenter College of Design

Second Chance

by Mathilde Guévin, Morgan Gomez,
Romane Dède and Léa Jéquier
École Estienne


by Donatella Ceccani, Ekincan Sener, Bisheng Li and Yanyu Wang
Sapienza University of Rome


by Emilie Langolf
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design


by Yi He, Kang Jie Zheng, Xiao Han Zheng
and Yishuai Wang
Guangdong University of Technology

True Breath

by Margot Billot, Emilie Sada, Auriane Lê
and Ichraq Medhi
ENSAAMA School of Art and Design


by Christoph Meyer, Elias Julian Kopp
and Lars Zinniker
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern

We Build Foundation

by Britney Williames
Torrens University Australia & Think Education Group, Laureate International Universities

The Wood Leather

by Franco Gnecco, Catalina Fuenzalida
and Damián Araos
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile