August 18, 2010

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save the sea

As many of us tend to spend their summer holidays at the seaside, check out this important campaign from our friends at the EJF…

July 13, 2010

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many legs make light work

We just finished reading the latest issue of our beloved green mag Sublime , which this month focuses on working together. That got us thinking about, not only how much more we can achieve when we work together, but also how much more fun it is…

Take for example the Pedibus that we spotted in London recently. It is kind of a communal bicycle that allows friends or complete strangers to propel themselves along using a joint effort of pedal power. The super strong but light weight aluminium chassis allows cyclist to sit in a dinner table formation and to chat, socialise and even enjoy a drink or two while pedalling.

The Pedibus has next to zero emissions as it drives purely by pedal power and its lights and sound system are powered by solar energy. Maybe one day, the Pedibus will replace urban buses and trams… imagine what it would do for the environment, to our fitness levels, and our social lives!

June 30, 2010

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Thekey.to ethical fashion

Just over a week to go until thekey.to trade fair at Berlin Fashion Week and we can't wait... This is one of the most innovative platforms for green fashion, sustainable lifestyle and culture.

There will be a great mix of edgy fashion brands, eco classics, and great contemporary designs. Each of them also fulfils a number of criteria in terms of ethics and sustainability including use of sustainable materials and certifications in social standards.

Events at the fair will include an ethical fashion show, a new concept area for green shopping, workshops, and parties of course! Whilst slow fashion seems to be the more sustainable option, the conference will explore the contribution of speed, innovation and fresh ideas to green fashion with a panel that includes fashion Dr Otto von Busch, Professor at the Gothenburg University in Sweden, known for his artistic "fashion hacking" projects and Tamsin Lejeune, Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum.

We will be exhibiting and presenting our Po-Zu SS11 range at thekey.to acceleration from 8 - 10th July in Berlin, we look forward to seeing you there. You can find out more or register to visit here.

http://thekey.to

May 11, 2010

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what a corker!

We recently went to a great green show called UK Aware http://www.ukaware.com/ and met so many lovely people... We were especially delighted to discover the UKCork Industry Federation http://www.cork-products.co.uk/ as our love for cork has been growing stronger then ever this season. 

Cork is a very unusual material in that its cells are aligned in a honeycomb type of structure and filled with air, making it very compressible and elastic. When pressed, cork will return to its original shape. This property makes it useful for many purposes in industry and the arts.

There has been concern in recent years about wineries switching away from cork. The reason for the shift is that a cork stopper can occasionally ruin the taste of wine. Rather than being a good environmental move, it is argued that the shift away from cork will be damaging to the environment. The reason is that without wineries using cork, the demand for cork would fall to the point that cork forests would stop being maintained or replaced altogether with more profitable products. Therefore, coming up with new and innovative uses for cork may be critical to its future.

Being such an amazing versatile material, we wanted to share with you a few of the coolest and unusual cork objects we found…

"Roll Chair" made from 3000 wine corks, by Gabriel Wiese

http://www.galleryoffunctionalart.com/wiese.shtml

 

Cork Umbrella by Sandra Correia
http://incrediblethings.com/style-and-gear/cork-umbrella/

 

iPhone cork case by Griffin
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/elanformcork

 

 

 

Sofa by Trevor O’Neil
www.bornrich.org

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