This Attenborough-esque clip charts the life of a plastic bag from California as it migrates towards its eventual resting place as part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Now we should probably keep our fingers crossed that this sees the light of day.
After the Christchurch quake, the site of a mall destroyed in the natural disaster on Cashel Street has now seen a revival of shopping activity with shipping containers that now form temporary retail spaces. Shipping containers are just so darn cool.
I’m a big fan of what Karton are doing creatively in regards to environmentally friendly design: 100% recyclable and flexible ingenuity. I particularly appreciate the decorative feature options for the home or office, including various animal trophies. Available exclusively online, Karton keeps things easy and fun and adds something unique to the space you live […]
A recycling bin that sprouts philosophy… sure, why not?. We’ve seen at least one Renew bin on the streets of Singapore, while London already has a 100-strong army to tackle the problem of free papers littering its streets. Equipped with wifi, the bomb-proof bins even have their own programming (watch the Singapore channel here) produced […]
Milan-made Ogami notebooks are 100% tree-free notebooks. Made from a revolutionary process of creating smooth and durable paper from limestone and ecological resins, these notebooks will change the way we think about paper and the environment.
Abandon Ship works exclusively with artists to create limited editions and collections inspired by the sea, It is a small initiative with a big ambition: one that supports the little man, the underdog, and small crafts from becoming extinct by huge mass-producing giants. All items are ethically produced, with a high focus on sustainability, using […]
Two English product design students decided to combine their love of cycling, coffee and all things eco – giving birth to the mobile espresso bar Velopresso. The Velopresso operates on power provided by the barista’s pedaling and uses absolutely no electricity. Pedaling grinds the coffee while a camp stove heats the water – the steam […]
‘Use energy wisely’. ‘Save the Earth’. ‘Protect the environment’. Makes sense, but these pro-eco slogans can get a tad preachy. And the benefits aren’t immediately tangible, are they? To work around this mindblock, Copenhagen-based creative agency Anew’s awareness campaign for a heating and energy recycling company got them setting up a pop-up pizzeria and using […]
Fascinated by the beauty of nature and also by the urgent need to conserve and protect wildlife not just in Botswana but also all over the planet, Janaina Matarazzo has developed Nature Inspires Life, a concept that combines photography, design, arts and wildlife conservation, hoping to inspire other people and also create awareness.
Many people aren’t aware of the enormous stress our clothing choices place on the Earth: from pesticides and chemical dyes to child labor and landfill space, the true casualties of the fashion industry don’t make it into many magazines. Earth advocacy groups implore us to purchase as many articles as needed to cover the 68 pounds of clothing each American will throw away each year from second-hand sources. No surprise then that visionaries like the folks at Community have found a way to make that hot: redesigned vintage.
Looking for a nature and art all-in-one to fit within your space-shy studio apartment? Look no further: London artist Marcus Oakley has screen-printed these adorable mini sky planters that hang from your ceiling.
Urban Air, a public project initiated by artist Stephen Glassman, started out as a studio artwork, but might just eventually make it out into the freeways of Los Angeles, followed by other cities around the world, if it manages to secure $100,000 of funding on Kickstarter by Dec 11. Basically the idea is to transform billboard space into bamboo gardens. Floating greenery instead of ads: it’s a beautiful idea.
Have you ever imagined a world without a refrigerator? Korean designer Jihyun Ryou certainly believes that we can survive in this world without relying on them. Save Food From The Fridge is a project about traditional oral knowledge, which has been accumulated from experience and transmitted by mouth to mouth. Particularly focusing on the food preservation, it looks at a feasible way of bringing that knowledge into everyday life. Her ideas are definitely worth sharing.
Bah, humbug! Did Willy Wonka make his way to Antarctica or what? Oyvind Tangen, a Norwegian sailor, was on board a research vessel 1,700 miles south of Cape Town and 660 miles north of the Antarctic a few years back, when he spotted the striped eye-candy floating on the waters. The stripes are formed naturally over centuries. Nature clearly got the memo about nautical stripes coming back in season.
Bright green rows of organic vegetables cross lush herb tunnels and a bounty of indigenous plants. That’s not exactly your quintessential urban fare. But this thriving garden, bursting with flora and fresh veg, sits atop a booming tower in Durban, South Africa. The rooftop haven grew out of a project by Durban’s eThekwini municipality focused on transforming the inner city from a rundown, crime-ridden area into a welcoming and generous space. And how generous it is. Organic aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, basil, strawberries, and more are grown here then donated to kitchen soups, orphanages, and schools or sold to local kitchens. It’s a project that’s not only giving to charities but creating jobs too.