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Category: Socially responsible design


Altered:Nozzle, you make me all misty eyed

By Lorrin Windahl. Such a simple, yet effective idea.  The Altered:Nozzle is the type of product that can change the world. Quite literally. I’m not being melodramatic either. Well, maybe a little. But seriously, this is an important product in…

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War on Waste: Be part of the re-use generation

By Lorrin Windahl. You would have to be living under a rock to not have seen or heard about Craig Reucassel’s War on Waste series on the ABC. The final episode on Tuesday night was directed at coffee consumers who believe that their…

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ReWalk: technology developed for positive social impact

By Lorrin Windahl. Has technology had a detrimental impact on society? I think this is a highly contentious question but an important one. There is no denying that technology has driven social change. We no longer talk to strangers on the train or ask for…

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Wonderbag – socially responsible cooking

By Lorrin Windahl. Having lived in a mud hut in rural Uganda for almost a year, I understand the difficulties of cooking without power and with a limited, ‘dirty’ fuel source. I cooked on a ‘sigiri‘, a metal stove fuelled by charcoal…

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No minor Morris infatuation

By Libby Christmas. Designers aspire to produce products that will last. But in reality, we know that markets change and products are increasingly and rapidly superseded by newer and faster models. We therefore need to be mindful and plan for…

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VR app walks users in the shoes of people living with dementia

By Lorrin Windahl. Virtual Reality (VR) has historically been associated with gaming and perceived as a tool for leisure. So it is great to see the technology being used to improve lives and not just embellish them. Such is the case with…

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Leafing a smaller environmental footprint.

By Lorrin Windahl. Eating off a leaf. It’s not a new idea. People from different cultures around the world have been doing it for years. But mass producing a leaf plate. Well, that is a different story entirely. Can it be done?…

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