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Link Festival Wrap Up 2015

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By Joe Ladelfa.

Link Festival congregates people who have a passion for using design and technology to create positive social change. The focus this year was as much on global problems as it was on local problems.

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CocoForm – a sustainable packaging alternative

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Every now and then a new material comes along that I get a little excited about and try to imagine what product I could use it on. Such is the case with CocoForm, a new material made from coconut fibres from Enkev.

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Is bamboo all it’s cracked up to be?

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By Lorrin Windahl.

It’s true that bamboo is a highly sustainable material which has increased in popularity recently for this very reason. It is seen as a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic, metal and even timber. But is it as green as everyone claims? Well it is, but a dramatic increase in demand has had some negative effects on its eco-credentials.

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Sustainable, unobtainable – is it just too hard?

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Sustainability is a minefield of myths and misconceptions. It is a complex world of factors that change from project to project, product to product. Each product is unique in its make-up and impact on the environment. No two products are the same when it comes to their manufacture, usage and end of life. Therefore, the same thinking can not be applied to every project. This is the bane of the sustainable designer’s existence.

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Ghost Food: dishing up a taste of our future

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By Joe Ladelfa.

In my favourite scene of Ratatouille, an anxious waiter tentatively asks Anton Ego, a food critic as equally feared as he is renowned, if he was ready to order. Anton sharply replied, “You know what I’m craving? A little, perspective. That’s it! I’d like some fresh, clear, well-seasoned, perspective.” The waiter was understandably confused, how can your food deliver an underlying value when it is generally taken on face value?

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Is being green always the right path?

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Back at the end of the last millennium, British actor and activist Joanna Lumley dreamed up an idea to create a garden bridge in memory of Princess Diana. That never eventuated and the years passed without the idea becoming much more than just an image in her head. That was until recently, when she partnered with designer Thomas Heatherwick and the idea was finally visualised. And it appears that the dream will now become a reality after the Westminster & Lambeth Council’s approved the plans. But although a beautiful and considered green space, the project has been heavily criticised, largely due to its high cost and a lack of need for it.

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The Drinkable Book

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Go to cupboard. Grab a glass. Go to tap. Turn on tap. Fill glass. Turn off tap. Drink water. That’s pretty much how we access clean drinking water. But many around the world walk miles to a water source and even then the water is not safe to drink. UNESCO suggests that 1 in 9 people still lack access to safe drinking water. This number is pretty staggering. It’s not so surprising then that Water is Life has come up with a pretty left of centre concept for helping to reduce this problem – the Drinkable Book. What, a book you can drink? Well not quite. A book that you can use as a filter to ensure safe drinking water.

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