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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

25-11-2010 Muji the Japanese Ikea

Muji. The Japanese Ikea. Minimalism is its motto. So in keeping with the minimalist feel, I won’t say too much more on that. Except that you can read more about their motto here. Not only do they keep it simple, they also keep it eco friendly. They refuse to use harmful materials and packaging is kept to a minimum. Check out their unisex ankle socks made from recycled yarn. Available in an assortment of cool and crazy colours, they are a super comfy way to get the addiction started. Using recycled cardboard, unbleached cotton and practicing sustainable forestry, you can be sure your furniture and clothing from Muji comes from a good place. 

Image  Source: www.thedailygreen.comwww.momastore.org

Content Source: www.muji.uswww.businessweek.com

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13-10-2010 Edible Drinking Cups

Take the simple act of drinking to a whole new level with Jelloware cups from The Way we see the World, innovative product design consultancy in New York. The Jelloware cups look like real cups but are made of agar agar, with different flavours to complement your drink like lemon-basil, ginger-mint or rosemary-beet. Nibble on your cup as you go and when you’re done, any left over parts are composted, so it won’t leave any harmful imprints on the environment. Absolut are developing a concept of Jelloware cups that complement different vodka cocktails like a pepper celery cup for a bloody Mary or a garlic olive cup for a dirty martini. What a delicious and fun way to keep the environment out of harm’s way!

 

Image Source: www.thewayweseetheworld.com

Content Source: www.theurbangrocer.comwww.geekosystem.com

 

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09-09-2010 Not so Forbidden Fruit

You know what they say. Sharing is caring.

Many families aren’t sure what to do with all the fruit that comes all at once from their fruit trees so a lot of it goes to waste. Which is why a local fruit exchange is just the thing to bring communities together and

prevent unnecessary waste. The trend of a social network that exists both online and

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offline is a nation wide tool that collects, distributes surplus produce in a given local area is taking off in various part of the world. Neighbourhood Fruit is one such example from San Francisco where participants can collect their fruit for free.

The only rule is: first come first served!

Image Source: www.ecosalon.com

Content Source: www.ecosalon.comwww.abc.net.au Online Marketing <a href="http://www.ontoplist.com/" title="Online Marketing" target="_blank">Online Marketing</a>

 

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23-08-2010 Yin and

Yang Fish Bowl Plant

 It’s the yin and yang of plants and fish bowls. This incredibly clever idea is called One Pot – Two Lives. It’s a hybrid fish bowl and planter designed by Sheng-Zhe Feng and Ling-Yuan Chou. A regularly potted plant is placed on top and a goldfish lives underneath. This tit for tat relationship is comprised of the fish turning their eaten bait remnants into nutrients for the plant, which is then fed with water that filters and passes through, becoming clean for the fish. Materials are cycled and soil remains humid, so the watering period is extended by a week. That’s the natural cycle of life in action for you!

Image Source: www.yankodesign.com/

Content Source: www.creativityplatform.com

If you like this trend, you might also like 'The Vase is Always Greener' , 'Steckling a.k.a 'On the Edge' or 'I Spy Flower Power'

 

23-08-2010 No Play, No Electricity

Did you ever think football might help change lives? Four Harvard engineering students (Jessica Lin, Jessica Matthews, Julia Silverman, and Hemali Thakkar) have come up with an energy-harvesting soccer ball that generates renewable energy when kicked around. Dubbed sOccket, the ball uses inductive coil technology to capture and store energy for later use. It will herald a new age and may be the solution for more than one billion people living in third world countries. It’s inexpensive, green orientated and targets young people, particularly in Africa where the sport is gaining popularity.

Image Source: www.soccket.com/

Content Source: www.ecofriend.org

 

09-08-2010 Literature Immortalised

Imagine if your favourite literary works were brought to life in strange and wonderful ways? Katrina Rodabaugh not only imagined such a concept, she put it in to action with an art installation called ‘The Dresses/Objects Project’. Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s revolutionary poetry collection ‘Tender Buttons’ in 1914, Katrina hand printed the verses onto recycled materials. Thirty artists put the material together, some never having sewn a stitch before and then tried their hands at modelling the outfits, giving the final finish a natural, casual, just-thrown-together look, the words adding a sophisticated and timeless finish.

 

 Image Source: www.katrinarodabaugh.com
Content Source: www.sfexaminer.com
 

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02-08-2010 Shopping (the way nature intended)

Nothing is more infuriating than supermarkets packaging everything unnecessarily, which is why the idea behind Unpackaged is as simple as it is beautiful. There is no packaging for any of the organic wholefoods and other eco-friendly products on offer, instead allowing customers to bring their own containers or use the store’s very own reusable containers. Catherine Conway is the genius behind this idea, which started off as a market stall in 2006, and now resides in a brilliantly designed store in northeast London, maintaining that fresh market feeling.

Image Source www.static.guim.co.uk

Content Source www.beunpackaged.com

 

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12-07-2010 Is it Hot in Here or is it Just my Bag?

The latest fashion accessory on everyone’s lips is a red hot cracker!  Used fire hoses have been vigorously cleaned and then transformed into a stylish, streamlined and limited collection of bags, belts and wallets. You can see these designs from the Dutch fashion accessory company Elvis and Kresse. Celebrities like Cameron Diaz and former first lady Sarah Brown are already huge fans of the collection. Each product is adorned with product labels printed on old luggage tags and the bags and wallets are lined with parachute silk, resulting in an authentic and durable finish. The packaging is made up of, curiously enough, used grapefruit crates. In fact, no tiny detail is forgotten in the bid to help the fashionably, eco-conscious sleep well at night and look red hot during the day! 

 

Image Source www.ecouterre.comwww.ecouterre.com

Content Source www.fire-hose.co.uk

 

 

09-07-2010 Wine with a Twist

It’s hard to imagine wine getting any better than its current form.  And yet, take it from us - organic wine goes down very smoothly. So what’s the difference? Organic wines are grown from grapes using no chemical or artificial fertilisers, and without the use of added sulfites. Other benefits of organic ‘green’ wine often include sustainability in the winemaking process. Wine bars and restaurants are jumping on the sustainable wine bandwagon, offering a selection of organic wines on their menus. They’re not alone either. It’s said that the Obamas hosted a dinner party in the White House and organic wine was on the menu! How nice of them.

Image Source www.sociallysuperlative.com

Content Source www.americanprogress.org

 

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05-07-2010 The Cool in Ethicool

Young entrepreneur brothers Rob and Martin Drake-Knight, based in the small Isle of Wight, are the innovative brains behind Rapanui Clothing, an ethical clothing company that’s aiming to put the ‘cool in ethicool’. We think they’re doing a mighty fine job of that by using sustainable textiles and natural, organic fabrics. The folks at Rapanui believe that the key to awareness is communication. It’s not that people don’t care about what’s wrong in the world. It’s more that people don’t know. And what better way to tell them than through cool, surf inspired clothing? Check out their inspiring collection and support their cause on Facebook and Twitter. It could be the start of an ever-lasting eco-friendship.

Content Source www.rapanuiclothing.com

Image Source www.rapanuiclothing.com

 

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