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Organoid: freeform moulding of natural fibres

By Lorrin Windahl. The guys at Organoid Technologies have developed an interesting material process. They have worked out how to turn wood chips into freeform mouldings. And the wood chips that they source are residue from logging so they are…

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Foldscope – an inexpensive paper microscope

By Lorrin Windahl. Every now and again a product comes along that can change the lives of thousands. Foldscope is just such a product. This low cost microscope could enable health centres, in impoverished regions around the world, to analyse…

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The Longboard Stroller – sustainable urban mobility

By Lorrin Windahl. I must say that I’m pretty excited by this latest product discovery. Not only does it appeal to the sustainable designer in me, but the mum of a one year old as well. The Longboard Stroller is…

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The Lightie: shining light on a real world problem

By Lorrin Windahl. To many people, light is a luxury that is often taken for granted. We simply turn on a light switch and hey, presto, there is light. But this is not the case for the masses of people…

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The disposable toothbrush: is there a better way?

By Lorrin Windahl. It’s amazing, and somewhat shameful, that I brush my teeth twice a day and only recently stopped to consider the environmental impact of my bi-daily brushing. I buy a toothbrush from the supermarket, which lasts probably several…

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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

By Lorrin Windahl. There is great debate about whether it is more ‘green’ to have a fake tree or a real one. I don’t really want to enter into this debate but I will say that there are a few…

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Design: Inclusive creativity, not individual genius.

By Steve Martinuzzo. From presidents to supermodels, famous sports stars to film idols, high flying CEOs to celebrity designers; it is starkly evident that today’s world is conditioned to believing that some individuals command almost superhuman abilities.

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The Story of Solutions

By Lorrin Windahl. A while back I posted about sustainability expert Annie Leonard and her video entitled ‘The Story of Stuff’. Just to jog your memory, it was a video about the impact consumerism is having on the world and…

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The Toyota Prius – Green or groan?

By Lorrin Windahl. I work in an office of about 90% guys. This means that every lunchtime the topic of conversation is cars, cars and just a little more on cars. As I have about as much interest in cars,…

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Print your own home: how technology is changing the way we self build

By Lorrin Windahl. So, to follow on with my unintentional architecturally themed posts of recent, I though I’d write this one about the latest ‘craze’ of printing your own self build home. Huh, you may well ask. Well, it does…

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