TazzyTotes: Eco-chic Shopping

May 15th, 2009
Posted by: Adrian van Wijk

After 6 months of development TazzyTotes™ :!: launches a complete line of eco-chic, fun and functional shopping solutions designed by eco-design consultancy JDi Design of Vancouver, BC.

The TazzyTotes™ range is a modular system of tote solutions designed around your everyday shopping needs, from the moment you enter a store until you finally reach home. The line includes a Market Tote (shopping basket), Urban All Tote (shoulder bag), Shopping Cart Tote, Expandable Bags, Bottle Bag and Produce Bags.

What’s unique about the new range of TazzyTotes™ is that each bag can be flat packed and used alone or as part of a bigger system which grow in capacity to suit your needs.

Lisa Rahn, entrepreneur and TazzyTotes™ founder approached JDi Design after she became frustrated at the lack of practical, stylish, plastic bag alternatives. She was certain that if reusable bags were more attractive and expandable, more people would make the switch.

JDi Design provided the total design solution, developing the TazzyTotes™ brand identity, designing the complete range of eco-chic totes and finally sourcing and coordinating ethical production in China.

To create a truly green range of bags all TazzyTotes™ are made from long-lasting, high quality materials, which minimizes the ecological impact over the product’s useful life. The produce bags – a smart alternative to plastic in the produce and bulk food department feature a clever, erasable label for writing names or bin numbers on and are 100% recyclable PET. An added benefit of the line’s flat-pack design is increased shipping efficiency from the factory in China to retail stores in Canada, which results in a lower carbon footprint.

TazzyTotes™ are available now across Canada.

Orgafile Wins SABS Award

August 30th, 2008
Posted by: JDi Design

Orgafile- an eco friendly modular filing cabinet designed by JDi Design has won the SABS Design Excellence Chairperson’s Award . The South African Bureau of Standards. Award Celebrates Design Excellence of benefit to all South Africans.

The SABS Award recognises that JDi have succeeded in creating a contemporary, user-focused, and environmentally responsible paper management system.

The Orgafile design challenge was to create a high quality, low cost, easy-to-use filing system. The foundation of Orgafile is a modular, easily expandable, 2-drawer cabinet. Customers buy the storage they need and then add more drawers as their filing needs grow. By choosing a modular approach to the problem the consumers’ initial investment is minimized allowing them to “grow as they go”.

The patented “LinkFit” tool-free stack and click system allows drawers to be added and secured simply by sliding them into position. 2 drawers becomes 3, 4 or more. Equally a 5 drawer cabinet can be split into separate 2 and 3 drawer units. Orgafile’s strong yet lightweight construction makes it easy to move or relocate and the cabinet disassembles in seconds.

Another innovate feature which is a first for modular cabinets is the patented TouchFit anti-tilt locking system. TouchFit ensures that only one drawer can be opened at a time preventing the cabinet from tilting or toppling.

Design for the environment was considered at every stage of the Orgafile development process and Orgafile is proud to be a market leader in sustainable office furniture.

Drawer fronts and side panels are made from extruded wood, a product that requires no post-finishing like painting or varnishing and is available in variety of colors. It is made from 90% recycled post consumer wood fiber and 10% polyolefin and can be easily recycled. The product contains no harmful chemicals, VOC’s or urea formaldehyde. The internal containers use less material than competitor products and are 100% recyclable and Steel components have been minimised. All of these features help contribute to the product’s low environmental impact.

Spaceless Wins Red Dot award

May 25th, 2008
Posted by: JDi Design

Sandy Lam from JDi Design wins a prestigious international Red Dot product design award for her Grad project Spaceless – a balcony deck designed with integrated furniture. The red dot design award is the largest and most renowned design competition in the world. The award is as a seal of quality which identifies the very best in design.

At first glance Spaceless appears to be just an attractive balcony deck with coffee table and bench. However an innovative folding design allows the furniture to be folded flush into the deck, in a matter of seconds. The furniture completely disappears, leaving a clean and spacious, uncluttered balcony.

Spaceless is made from Cedar and Aluminium, materials chosen for their excellent weather resistance, gorgeous natural appearance and low environmental impact.

The system has been developed so Architects can specify Spaceless for new developments or the modular system can be retrofitted to existing balconies.

Orgafile Wins Best in Canada

September 26th, 2007
Posted by: JDi Design

Orgafile won Best in Canada Award

Orgafile- an eco friendly modular filing cabinet designed by JDi Design of Vancouver, BC has won the Best in Canada Design Award for product design. The Best in Canada Design Competition is an annual award acknowledging outstanding achievements by Canadian designers.

The Best in Canada Design Award recognises that JDi have succeeded in creating a contemporary, user-focused, and environmentally responsible paper management system.

The Orgafile design challenge was to create a high quality, low cost, easy-to-use filing system. The foundation of Orgafile is a modular, easily expandable, 2-drawer cabinet. Customers buy the storage they need and then add more drawers as their filing needs grow. By choosing a modular approach to the problem the consumers’ initial investment is minimized allowing them to “grow as they go”.

At the heart of the Orgafile design are 3 key patented features, LinkFit, DrawerLock and TouchFit, all designed and developed by JDi Design.

LinkFit is a tool-free stack and click system that allows drawers to be added to a cabinet and secured by simply sliding them into position. 2 drawers becomes 3, 4 or more and a 5 drawer cabinet can be split into separate 2 and 3 drawer units.

DrawerLock prevents the drawers of individual cabinet modules from opening until the cabinet has been fully assembled.

TouchFit is and anti-tilt locking system, which ensures that only one drawer can be opened at a time preventing the cabinet from tilting or toppling.

Design for the environment was considered at every stage of the development process and Orgafile is proud to be a market leader in sustainable office furniture. Drawer fronts and side panels are made from extruded wood, a product that requires no post-finishing like painting or varnishing and is available in variety of colors. It is made from 90% recycled post consumer wood fiber and 10% polyolefin and can be easily recycled. The product contains no harmful chemicals, VOC’s or urea formaldehyde. The filing system is based on a standard German Alpha Numeric system which was optimized by JDi design to be more space efficient. in order to minimize the material needed for the cabinet and save valuable office space. Steel components have been minimised. All of these features help minimizes the product’s environmental impact.