A bit late on this one but it’s awesome anyway so if you haven’t already seen this, get ready to be impressed.

Ari Jónsson is a product design student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and has designed a biodegradable water bottle made by combining red algae powder with water! He adds agar powder to water to make a jelly like substance and then slowly heats it before pouring into a bottle shaped mould that’s been kept cold in the freezer. The mould is then submerged in ice cold water and rotated so that the jelly/liquid covers the inside of the mould and takes on the shape of a bottle, it is then placed in the fridge for a few minutes to set before being extracted from the mould.

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The bottle keeps its shape as long as it is full of water but as soon as it’s emptied it begins to decompose, and since the bottle is made from all natural materials the water inside is perfectly safe to drink, in fact if you like the taste of it you can even eat the bottle! Pretty dope right?

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“If it fails, or if the bottom is too thin or it has a hole in it, I can just reheat it and pour it into the mould again,” said Jónsson to Dezeen.

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Now we just need the big water companies to implement this into their products, but it’s a step forward for sure. Biggups Ari Jónsson!


This is on a similar vibe to our last post about the work of Helene Gugenheime but with tattoos instead of gold leaf.

Auberon Wolf is a tattoo artist and self harm survivor from Vancouver who has been tattooing over the scars of trauma victims as a form of catharsis to help people reclaim their bodies after whatever they may have suffered through.

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Wolf’s clientele covers people who have suffered from all sorts of trauma from self-harm and suicide attempts to domestic abuse and breast cancer survivors. Speaking to The Huffington Post about her own self-harm, wolf said;

“Those tattoos … contain elements of nature that feel larger than me — more beautiful than the ugly of my pain. They disguise my scars from myself and the world when I don’t need reminders of my bad moments interrupting my good.”

When discussing the tattoos with clients Wolf says they normally sit down for a tea or coffee and begin brainstorming;

“It is not required for anyone to share more than they want to, though I want to leave the door open whenever possible for somebody to feel connection during the process of tattooing,”

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As you can imagine, the clients are very happy with their artwork when it’s finished. Jenny Magenta received a flower bouquet  to cover two separate scars, one from a failed suicide attempt and one from a horrible experience using an intravenous needle to treat a migraine. Speaking to CBC Jenny said;

“I now have a beautiful piece of art here, I’m able to use this as an empowering device. I don’t get traumatized anymore.”

Jenny Magenta's Flower Bouquet

Auberon Wolf Links: Website // Facebook // Twitter


Helene Gugenheime is a graduate of Ecole Du Louvre and holds degrees in Art History, Contemporary Art and Musicology. After graduating she worked as a journalist for the French magazine Crafts, it was whilst working here that she discovered the Japanese process of Kintsugi.

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Kintsugi is a process of repairing broken pottery, translated literally it means “golden joinery” or “to patch with gold”. A broken piece of pottery is joined back together or the cracks filled in with a mixture of gold and lacquer or epoxy, paying a kind of visual tribute to the breakage as well as the repairing process, “turning flaws into virtues”.

Already familiar with the practice of Kintsugi, when Helene met a lady called Marie who has a mastectomy scar where her left breast used to be she immediately thought “I have to put gold on it”. And so the artist’s project Mes cicatrices, Je suis entièrment tissé (My scars, of them I am fully woven) was born.

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Speaking to the Creator’s Project, Helene said: “When I saw Marie’s scar, I saw a mix of strength and fragility. It was amazing. I saw not only the injury, but the healing. At one point or another, you’re hurt: in your skin, in your heart, sometimes. You have to go on with that. And you can’t go on exactly the same way you were used to: you have to create a new way to go on.”

The process goes as follows: participants enter Helene’s studio, undress fully and then a “glider” applies gold leaf to the participant’s scars. Once applied, the “glider” then disappears into the background while Helene encourages the participant to take a moment to do whatever they want; “sleep, cry, sing, do nothing, for however long.” When ready the participant signals for the “glider” to come back and carefully remove the gold leaf and scrape it into a vial with the participant’s name and the date scrawled on the outside while the participant re-dresses. The participant receives the vial of gold and a video of the entire process.

The practice draws heavily from Japanese Zen Buddhist philosophy and Japanese tea ceremonies, the emphasis being on spatial emptiness and ritualised behaviour.

For more info check HERE; Also check the video of Marie below; more pictures after the drop:

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Definitely call it a comeback! Every winter Monarch Butterflies migrate 3,400 miles south to warmer, more tropical climates. A concerted effort between Mexica, the U.S. and Canada has meant number this year have more than tripled!

The insects lay their eggs on milkweed plants exclusively and use it as a vital source of food, so the U.S. has been reintroducing milkweed along a 1,100 square mile stretch of the monarchs migration route. Meanwhile the Mexicans have been cracking down on illegal logging in the monarch reserve.

Obviously counting all the butterflies would be an impossible task so scientists and conservationists measure the land area the monarchs cover. This year the coverage was 10 acres of butterflies, only two years ago the area was at a record low of 1.66 acres, so the joint national effort appears to be working! However there is still a way to go to reach the record coverage of 44 acres in 1996, however it’s a fantastic start!

Biggups the Monarch Butterfly!


I feel like this has been a long time coming but it looks like Tesco will finally be donating all of it’s unsold food to local charities starting with the larger stores by the end of 2016 and all other stores by the end of 2017.

Tesco have partnered with FareShare FoodCloud, two organisations who have combined to make this possible. FareShare are a kind of middle-man organisation who have been collecting surplus food from various supermarkets and stores and then delivering the donations to local frontline charities who use the food to feed vulnerable people in their communities. FoodCloud have made the process even simpler by developing an app that the managers of supermarkets can use to say what food they have to donate and what time to come pick it up etc.

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There’s been a lot of outrage in the last couple of years about the amount of food that is wasted by supermarkets, not only was tons of food being thrown away but at one time the food was also being spoiled or the bins were locked or caged up so as to stop people from rummaging through supermarket bins for a free meal. A couple of years ago some men were even arrested for taking food from a skip behind a supermarket. Anyway it’s good to hear that one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country have decided to listen to the outrage and do something worthwhile with all the surplus food.

The scheme has been implemented in 14 Tesco stores over the last 6 months and has generated over 22 tons of food so far. Check this video Tesco released about the pilot run at a store in Merseyside:

…and here’s some more info on the FareShare FoodCloud organisations:


Epson have developed a compact papermaking system that could fit into pretty much any sized office and is capable of  producing new paper from shredded paper without the use of water. The developmental prototype was demonstrated at the 2015 Eco-Products Exhibition back in December and is planned to be in commercial production in Japan this year.

So clearly this is still in fairly early stages but could potentially be a bit of a game changer, if normal paper recycling requires collection, transport, then the actual recycling process, and then is sold back to businesses, the Paperlab could really cut down on that whole cycle.

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The Paperlab can apparently produce a huge range of different paper types with variying thicknesses, sizes, colours, and even scents!

Sounds pretty dope if this becomes the norm and gets implemented in load of office spaces. Biggups Epson!

More info HERE and in the video below:

 


Yoooooooo I’m so excited by this! Pinatex is a leather substitute from pineapples, but it just gets better and better.

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Spanish designer, Carmen Hijosa, was on a business trip to the Philippines when he noticed a lot of the local women wearing a traditional shirt called a ‘barong tarong’ which is made from woven pinaepple leaf fibres. This trip inspired a 5 year development project resulting in this pineapple leather.

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So the fibres that are used in this leather manufacturing process are a by-product of pineapple farming anyway, so this is an extra source of income for  pineapple plantations and requires no extra water, land or fertilisers. The fibres are extracted from the leaves in a process called “decortication” and is done on the plantations. The by-products of this decortication can then be converted into organic fertiliser or bio-fuel…giving the pineapple farming communities even more sources of income!

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With people becoming increasingly aware of the cruelty surrounding traditional leather manufacture, and the fact that a lot of alternatives such as synthetic fibres like PVC are non-biodegradble, this could be big! A material that is not only cruelty free, but also biodegradable and also positively impacts local farming communities as well as being created from bi-products of the pineapple farming process anyway…JHEEEEEZZZE!

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Biggups Pinatex! More pics after the drop…

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The West Indian Manatee, or sea-cow as they’re affectionately known, is no longer considered endangered according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), as such they have been downgraded from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. They were originally enlisted as endangered around 50 years ago after overhunting and collisions with boats dramatically reduced their population sizes.

In 1991 the population in Florida was around 1267, nowadays there are more than 6,300 in Florida alone and researches estimate around 13,000 live in their natural habitats around the Caribbean and the northern coasts of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Cindy Dohner, FWS Southeast Regional Director, said in a press release ;”The manatee’s recovery is incredibly encouraging and a great testament to the conservation actions of many. Today’s proposal is not only about recognizing this progress, but it’s also about recommitting ourselves to ensuring the manatee’s long-term success and recovery.”

So not completely out of danger yet but it’s looking pretty good for the old sea cow. Well done to all involved!


Jamie Foxx, has been hailed a hero after saving a driver from a burning truck after a crash just outside the actor & singer’s home in Hidden Valley. The driver is said to have been speeding and became trapped in the burning truck after he struck a drainage pipe and some concrete sending the vehicle spinning and rolling until eventually it came to a stop on its passenger side and caught fire.

Foxx heard the crash, called 911 then rushed to the scene of the accident. With the help of another neighbour, they smashed the window with EMT scissors, cut the seatbelt and pulled the driver to safety.

Biggups Jamie Foxx!