Tag Archives: Sustainability

Wrap up warm for Christmas

It’s Christmas Day (not today – we’re just imagining here). Aunty’s asleep in the chair next to a glass of sherry; Dad’s considering tackling the mountain of washing up; the kids have lost interest in their toys and are being brain-washed by Mary Poppins; and (if you’ve got around to it) next to the front door will be two or three bin bags of ripped up wrapping paper.
 

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Fizz of the future

It’s practical. It’s elegant. And it’s 100% biodegradable. French designer Cedric Ragot has created groundbreaking packaging for Veuve Clicquot that ticks all the boxes.

Made of a bio-based material derived from potato starch, this innovative design is not only strong and light, it also keeps your bottle of champagne chilled for up to two hours. And, unlike most clunky booze boxes, this one has a nifty handle to make it easy to carry. Surely that’s worth celebrating?

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The DNA of fashion

Imagine all your clothes being designed to the exact contours of your body. Or everything you wear being constructed just for you, using cutting-edge technology.

Project DNA is Catherine Wales’ latest fashion collection. Inspired by the aesthetics of human chromosomes, it uses impressive technology and software – as well as some expert pattern-cutting skills from Wales – to produce 3D-printed, made-to-measure white nylon pieces.

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Reuse-A-Shoe

Today, trainers. Tomorrow, track.

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe programme takes old athletic shoes and turns them into Nike Grind, a high-quality sports surface used in courts, turf fields and tracks.

It’s all part of their vision to make ‘closed-loop’ products – things that use the fewest materials possible and can be taken apart and recycled into something new.

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Coffee shop, contained

Starbucks continues to embrace the trend for individual retail spaces that reflect their environment, rather than homogenously branded venues that are the same in any city. Ever since their chief creative officer, Arthur Rubinfeld, was tasked to reimagine Starbucks stores, new and interesting outlets have been popping up all over the world.

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Engine of calm

Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created a courtyard installation for the BMW i brand that promotes electric cars as quieter and more peaceful and calming. Titled ‘Quiet Motion’, it comprises a set of rotating cork platforms in a courtyard. Visitors can sit among hanging strips of fabric, which as they spin, give the installation a carousel look.

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Bicycle ‘drive in’

A cycling bug is about to hit Switzerland as the number of riders is set to double over the next 12 years. In response to this prediction, Zurich’s council have introduced the Stadtverkehr 2025 program to improve things for walkers and wheeled road users in the Swiss capital.

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Jeans for hire

If we want a new pair of jeans, we’ve usually got one option – to buy them. However, Dutch entrepreneur Bert van Son has other ideas. You can rent a pair of his own brand of Mud jeans for a one-off fee of 20 euro, covering shipment and admin, then 5 euro every month for a year (just like the contract you pay on your phone). Once the contract’s up, you can keep the jeans or send them back – depending on your preferences. Would you rent a pair of jeans? And, more importantly, what happens to the old pairs?! Hopefully van Son will reveal all soon.

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Rebranding recycling

Will.i.am and Coca-Cola have joined forces to launch Ekocycle – a movement encouraging existing brands to make more environmentally-friendly versions of their products, thus making recycled products more fashionable.

 

 

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Burger, fries and wrapping

Packaging is a necessary part of food distribution – yet remains a problem when it ends up contributing to landfills and litter. Now, Bob’s fast food chain in Brazil has come up with another solution – creating edible packaging. (Cheers, Tim)

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