Posts Tagged: Sustainability

New life cycle

New life cycle

The vogue to build the most individual bike shows no sign of bonking yet, with this latest collaboration between Levi’s and cult bike-bits craftsmen, Brooks England. These two heritage brands have come together to pimp your ride in a commendably modern way.

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Leader of the unverpackt

Leader of the Unverpackt

Crisp bags half full of air. Coffee jars with two plastic lids. Cucumbers double-wrapped in film and cellophane. If over-packaged produce makes you go a bit bananas, take heart from what’s happening in Berlin.

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Beer with added fibre

Beer with added fibre

Calm down, calm down. Carlsberg hasn’t gone all colon-health-crazy. The fibre’s not in the beer, but the bottle. They’re developing one made from ‘Green Fiber’: a world-first that’s fully biodegradable, sculpted from sustainably-sourced wood and paper pulp. (The sort of stuff that keeps your eggs uncracked and your electronic goods so tightly packed.)

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A beer with a head, and a heart

beer with a head

Next time you’re quenching your thirst with an ice-cold Stella Artois, spare a thought for those in developing countries who lack one of life’s essentials – clean drinking water. That’s the message from, the non-profit co-founded by Matt Damon, in partnership with brewing giant Anheuser Busch InBev.

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Inside scoop

Inside scoop 2

What’s your laundry detergent format of choice? If you’re a powder kind of person, you’ll be familiar with the small plastic scoops that come in every box. The problem with those plastic scoops is just that: they’re plastic, and they come in every box.

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From Christmas waste to Christmas wonderland

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. More to come this week.

Christmas waste 1

Shopping. Giving gifts. Returning gifts to the store. It’s all part of the fun as the holiday season gathers momentum. But there’s an unfortunate consequence to all this. The increase in consumption means the volume of waste we generate around this time of year also rises dramatically. Here at Poke Towers we’re already ankle deep in food packaging and gift wrap. (Business as usual then.)

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Can’t afford lunch? Yes you can

Can’t afford lunch 1

Summer in Stockholm. It’s great to be young, free and totally irresponsible with your cash. Because here, even though you may have squandered your bus fare home, at least you won’t starve.

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Growing trends in packaging

Living fruit basket

After travelling a few thousand miles in a refrigerated container, fresh fruit and vegetables start to seem somehow less than fresh. Chances are, they’ve lost a lot of their nutritional value along the way too.

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Feel-good shopping

Feel-good shopping

Eco-friendly. Upcycled. Community-focused. Artisanal.

No, we’re not playing buzz-word bingo. These are the four categories of product stocked in Nordstrom’s new shop within a shop: TMRW TGTHR. (That’s ‘tomorrow together’ for anyone who hasn’t used a mobile phone.)

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Food that goes bump in the night


A report released in 2013 showed that over 80% of the world’s fridges contain at least two sticks of mouldy celery, half a pot of old houmous and an out-of-date coconut yoghurt. OK, so we made that up, but the survey did reveal that £1bn (€1.3bn, $1.6bn) of edible food is wasted in the UK each year.

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