Thursday, December 10, 2009

Eco Home Exhibition at the Geffyre Museum, Shoreditch. London

The Pli Design Reee chair! Made from recycled games console plastic, displayed in the exhibition to demonstrate the sustainable lifecycle of a product.
Door mat made from excess material waste from a flip flop factory.
Barley Massey Cushions made from reclaimed materials
Revolve (recycled Christmas decorations)

I visited the Eco Home exhibition today at the Geffyre Museum and it brings together a great and inspiring assortment of eco products, ideas, facts and tips for making your home more 'eco friendly'.

Looking through quotes from the comments book at the end of the show:

- "The future is sooner than you think" - Anonymous

- "Are you going to let your ideas come to life in the real world?" - 7 (almost 8) year old girl

- "The cushion in the shop, being sold for £45. I can purchase a quite adequate cushion from Matalan for £3. Reduce your prices to match and you will have a convert".

Again, the argument of price point and cost. Educating consumers on the Value of products is a vital aspect to overcome.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Wave - Climate Change March December 2009




The UK's biggest ever demonstration in support of action on climate change happened today, 5th December through central London. Organised by the Stop Climate Change Coalition, thousands of people gathered together dressed in blue in the December cold to stand together to show support of climate change policies to be agreed on in Copenhagen next week.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

How The Recession Could Have Been Avoided


Maybe if every cash point looked like this our country wouldn't be in so much debt.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Umbrella Funeral







































When the awful weather strikes, the need arises for protection against the rain in the form of the umbrella. An invention that often works well in the rain...but when combined with the wind, the invention doesn't always stand up to such strong element. To all broken umbrellas everywhere...

Where would you take an umbrella to be fixed? How could they be upcycled and turned into a more valuable product? Repair not replace!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Throw Away Future: Tonight

Friday 27th November, 8pm

House Upcycling!

Taken from the itv.co./tonight website...

"Tonight’s challenge is to make-over a family’s home using only furniture, fabrics and paints headed for landfill. Anything considered to be junk by its previous owners will be eligible material for our family’s home’s make-over. With only one week to source the furniture and one week to re-decorate the whole house, the question is will our family actually like their new home filled with other people’s rubbish? "

Furniture upcycling with 'eco designer' Oliver Heath and...

"Sussex University product design students, keen to put their skills to the test and find out more about sustainable living."


The website also give advice on the businesses used:

The Furniture Re-use Network http://www.frn.org.uk/
Emmaus http://www.emmaus.org.uk/
Shabitat http://www.magpie.coop/shabitat.php
YMCA http://www.hoveymca.org.uk/charity_shops
Furniture Aid South Thames http://www.furniture-aid.co.uk/

As well as furniture the house also required textiles and mentions a favourite, LMB!

"
For the d├ęcor most of the material came from LMB recycling. On an average week LMB now collects 170 to 200 tonnes of textiles, clothing and shoes from its recycling banks spread across the South East. It’s the sort of fabric which might end up in a charity shop near you. They do lots of work in their local community and have a shop on Bethnal Green Road, London, selling clothes designed entirely in re-used cloth from their textile bins. The chair in the living room was upholstered using these fabrics by Brighton University Textile students." www.itv.com/tonight


Check out Oliver Heaths website
for Heath Design, Eco Design, Interiors and Architecture.

Even though this is not directly related to Fashion, the concepts of Upcycling, Zero Waste, and Landfil Diversion are central to this inititative undertaken for the TV programme.

Now let's hope for a Wardrobe equivalent!! Fingers Crossed!!!