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Vinylize: records into eyewear

By Lorrin Windahl. I’m all for the re-purposing of materials and products that would otherwise spend a long time breaking down in landfill.  Sometimes though, the quality of these ‘re-purposes’ is a little questionable. But not with the guys who…

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WarkaWater – reducing hardship for rural Ethiopians

By Lorrin Windahl. Hopefully, by now, most people are aware of the hardship associated with obtaining clean drinking water in many parts of Africa. I have actually witnessed primary school children carrying 20 litre jerry cans full of water for…

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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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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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NeoNurture: the car parts incubator for developing countries

By Lorrin Windahl. A lot of second-hand medical devices are donated to developing countries. Although carried out with good intentions, the devices never quite have the impact that was envisaged for them by the donator. The problem is, that when…

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Thoughtful toasters: solutions that address a lack of recycling

By Lorrin Windahl. The guys at The Agency of Design were quite surprised when they visited their local electrical goods recycling plant. The shock was that the bulk of the waste doesn’t get recycled. Steel and aluminium are recycled, plastic…

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Rekindling the hearts of Christchurch

By Lorrin Windahl. There has been so much tragedy and destruction in Christchurch, over the last few years, as a result of several earthquakes. So, it is heartening to hear a positive story coming out about sustainability and new life.

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Architecture for Humanity: providing sustainable shelter to those in need

By Lorrin Windahl. Shelter is a basic need that is fundamental to human existence. It provides a haven from the less desirable weather elements, as well as safety and security. But not everyone is lucky enough to have a place…

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