Umbrellas on the market today are theoretically made of recyclable materials such as metal, plastic and wood. However, they can’t be recycled as they are — they’d need to be disassembled to be properly disposed of, which means that most of them just end up going to landfill. A big waste of resources. Polyester canopy, as an example, takes up to 1’000 years to biodegrade.
"Those who love and free nature are never alone."
"It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician."
Cameroon contemporary artist Pascale Marthine Tayou works with everyday objects (in many cases plastic bags) and likes to mix things up whether it be culturally in his art or even by making his name femininely-suffixed rendering it heterogeneous.
His current exhibit at Rome’s contemporary art museum MACRO titled Secret Garden includes a nearly 10-meter high, U-shaped installation made of plastic bags and appropriately titled ‘Plastic Bags‘. According to the artist, the bags are very relevant symbols of both consumerism and homelessness in today’s society.
Chairs, carpets and blinds cleared from homes in the wake of deaths, divorces and bankruptcies form the raw material for these stools by Dutch designer Joost Gehem.
The hundreds of thousands of deaths, divorces, bankruptcies and hospitalisations each year leave many household inventories without a home, says Joost Gehem of the inspiration behind his Transformation and Distribution Centre for Abandoned Household Items.
"The best way to make a contribution in fashion is to promote the idea that a fundamental interest in preserving the environment is itself fashionable."
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
Steven Holl Architects has been commissioned to design the Ecology Museum and Planning Museum in a new city being constructed near Tianjin, China. The new Eco City is a cooperation between the government of Singapore and China. Currently 30 percent constructed, the city will be home to an estimated population of 500,000 when complete. via
"The supreme reality of our time is…the vulnerability of our planet."
"By employing the intelligence of natural systems we can create industry, buildings, even regional plans that see nature and commerce not as mutually exclusive but mutually coexisting."