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A green consumer checklist.

By Lorrin Windahl. Sustainability is a complicated beast. Even for the most well-informed designer it can be confusing. So how can we, as consumers, make better decisions about our purchases and their impact on our planet?

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Spiritree – giving life after death

By Lorrin Windahl. Death is a pretty morbid topic, one people often shy away from. But it is also the only certainty in life. We all die. Hopefully not until the very distant future though. And with the increasing size of…

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decafé – grinding a halt to ground coffee waste

By Lorrin Windahl. It’s no secret that Melbourne is (well ok, maybe we just think we are) the coffee capital of the world. So we certainly have lots of ground coffee waste. And you can only put so much in your compost bin, right?…

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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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ReKixx: closed loop sneakers

By Lorrin Windahl. If you are looking for a stocking filler then this probably isn’t going to help. However, if you are happy to put a little note in the stocking saying their present will arrive next year, then it…

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The great debate: reusable vs disposable nappies

By Lorrin Windahl. I’ve recently had my first child and, being very aware of the impact I have on the environment, I have been faced with a dilemma – reusable or disposable nappies. And I thought the timing of this…

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3D printing – sustainable manufacturing?

By Lorrin Windahl. I came across this pretty cool use of 3D printing the other day – the Planter Brick. The idea behind the concept is that you can create a living wall with the planter bricks and because they…

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