ECO HOTEL

Studio Vrtta re-designed the entire packaging system for Prakriti Herbals' Hotel bathroom amenities. The brief was to eliminate plastic and minimize post-consumer waste, while keeping the prices low and the materials consistent to accommodate each Hotel's branding.

We approached the problem by redefining how a guest looked at the amenities - as a souvenir rather than something to be disposed of, and as an opportunity to promote local businesses. We met the price points by simplifying the designs, adding perceived value and sourcing locally.

Direction 1 : Recycled paper boxes

Direction 2 : Agri waste paper boxes

Direction 3: Jute Roll-up Pouch

 

This could be used to transport, store and take away amenities for continued use, eliminating the need for multiple boxes to store amenities individually. It also acts as memorabilia for the guest, and a marketing tool for the hotels. 

2020

 
 

2021

KAAPI MANI

After brewing our daily coffee, we found that large amounts of grounds accumulate, and with so much unfulfilled potential. The world’s daily coffee intake equals 2,250,000,000 cups. Around 24750 tonnes of ground coffee is brewed every year, leaving all those spent grounds to be discarded if not repurposed in composting/gardens.

 

This got us wondering if we can keep that much wet waste out of the landfill/composting ecosystem altogether, by putting it into a new material instead. Experimenting with simple, biodegradable kitchen material, we created KaapiMani (Coffee Beads) to give DIY crafters something new, earth-positive, and unique to play around with. 

Prolonged contact with water and other liquids will causes the beads to disintegrate. The packaging has re-imagined the use of paper egg crates, to keep our carbon footprint low and add to the earth-positive outlook that drives all our work at Vrtta

 

For us, Kaapi Mani marks the start of a process of contemplation -  Can we reimagine what we have, to create what we need? 

 

REPURPOSING WITH PURPOSE

Vrtta conceptualized and crafted lighting products for the VP's office in the Hindustan Unilever R&D Center, Bangalore.The space had undergone remodeling, to incorporate sustainable materials and energy-saving practices.  

 

The lighting was designed to elegantly complement the predominantly natural-finish interiors.

Linear Lamps

The combination of recycled tetrapak board (Tectan) and reclaimed wood was used to construct a powerful yet relaxed lighting ambience for the work tables.  

Drop Light

Corrugated cardboard was overlaid with wrappers from HUL products, to create a one-of a kind art lamp, and tie it together with the brand.

 

CONSTRUCTION UNWASTE

Vrtta worked with sustainability-focused MJC Architects to repurpose the bits of material leftover from a home interior project. These materials were transformed into utilitarian products for the same space. 

Multipurpose Bins

These bins were made from plywood and laminates. The alternating sides were painted and laminated to create an illusion.

 

Umbrella Holder

This sturdy piece was created from plywood and laminate. The inside was painted to repel water.

Multipurpose Nesting Trays

This set of nesting trays were made from reclaimed wood, veneer and plywood.

Key Closet

This compact key closet has a plywood base, and the door is collaged using laminate sample swatch bits.