The first phase of the Second Nature Industrial Design Competition for young Greek designers launched by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation within the framework of the Second Nature project is successfully completed.

The competition focuses on the three pillars of the Second Nature Initiative: Marine Plastic Waste, Blue and Circular Economy and New Technologies.

The applicants (18-35 y.o.) presented a product with a strong design that incorporates the above ideas. An important factor in the selection process is that these ideas and products can evolve into a solid business proposal with a future and a place in the specific product area. Dozens of high-level applications were submitted, which were evaluated by the members of the competition’s judging panel. The members of the judging panel are (alphabetically):

Dr. Spyros Arsenis, National Bank of Greece

Prof. Dr. Philip Azariadis-Topaloglou, University of the Aegean

Costas Voyatzis, Yatzer

Kostis Karatzas, The Greek Foundation

Paul Kidner, The People’s Trust

Prof. Dr. Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business

Panos Sakkas & Foteini Setaki, The New Raw


The first ten (10) design projects  δέκα σχεδιαστικές προτάσεις which received the highest rating from the jury are the following (in random order):

1. FiSea 

Designers: George Arsenikos, Eleni Varoutsou, Konstantinos Kouros, Pantelis Papaisidorou

A marine engine filter separating the microplastics during the engine’s operation

2. Herbs and the city 

Designers: Anastasia Papathoma, Magdalini Petroleka

Vertical hydroponic cultivation unit using recycled plastic waste and photovoltaic

3. LARVTILE Product series

Designer: Evangelia Vaggeli-Margariti

Building material made of marine plastic waste

 4. Reflow 

Designers: Nicoletta Pagouna, Konstantinos Christidis

Display advertising banner made of marine plastic waste

5. Searina  

Designers: George Bosnas, Vassilis Mantos Γιώργος Μπόσνας, Βασίλης Μάντος

“Smart” buoy made of recycled marine plastic waste

6. Cleaning the sea

Designer: Lida Andritsou

Product for keeping the beaches clean

7. FunPlastic Toys 

Designers: Alkisti Douka, Iro Eirini Ziaka, Eleni Maria Kaniadaki

Toys made of recycled plastic aiming 

 8SeaCURE Technologies

Designers: Anastasios Lazaridis, Dimitris Stravoulellis

Marine equipment made of marine plastic waste

 9Clean That Mess

Designers: Dimosthenis Grounas, Dimos Pistolas

Floating device for cleaning surface marine waste

10. Plasick 

Designers: Crystallia Clonara, Petroula Georgiadou

Product series made of recycled marine waste panels

The designers will participate in a mentoring and counseling workshop for the development of their brand in a business level offered by The People’s Trust. In the end of the second phase of the competition, three (3) designs will receive a complimentary prize of 2,500 euros each.

The competition is exclusively sponsored by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.