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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

29-06-2009 Phono-tastic

We’ve already had stereo speakers that look like normal headphones, and now there’s stereo megaphones. Phono by Lima de Lezando, is an adjustable stereo that can change directions, allowing the sound of music to be re-directed to wherever you want. Available in different colours to suit your own tastes, this creative speaker could be just what your room needs to have that little bit of extra atmosphere.

Picture from: www.limadelezando.com

25-06-2009 Sunny Snacks

A world without waste is the aim of the future, and SunChips are paving the way. These delightfully tasty snacks are made with the help of solar energy, with 30% less fat than regular potato chips, meaning they make a healthier you and a healthier planet. Even better, SunChips packets are made with renewable plant based materials, which are completely compostable after about 14 weeks, and are available from 2010. It’s all part of SunChips plans to help the environment, which includes The Green Effect competition, with people able to vote for their favourite earth saving idea in July.

Pictures from: www.sunchips.com

22-06-2009 Solely made for Soles

When we hear the words ‘self service’ we either cringe at the possibility of fumbling around helplessly or delight in the challenge of self autonomy. eSoles have developed custom footbeds where you scan your sole and 301 Moved Permanently it produces a complex 3D scan of your foot, creating within minutes an eFit footbed. Using a touchscreen and doing all kinds of walking, jogging and

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standing, it’s incredibly user-friendly and
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easy to use. Plus eSoles have also created insoles, a device that allows you to use your phone to see how much pressure you are applying in 11 different zones. Their motto is ‘Perform Better, Feel Better’ - sounds good to us.

 

Picture from: www.esoles.com

17-06-2009 Fast Food Slows Down a Notch

It was only a matter of time before the fast food industry realised the potential in joining the sustainable food phenomena. Now the old favourites like McDonalds USA have strict hen laying and antibiotics guidelines that are better than the average guidelines for the food industry. Burgerville follows suit by supplying customers with local, seasonal and organic food options. Leading the way in an industry so often looked down on by organic health purists, Burgerville is setting an impeccable example by using 100% local wind power and recycling thousands of gallons of canola oil into biodiesel. Just reading all this is enough to start a fast food craving...

Picture from: www.burgerville.com

17-06-2009 Lap it Up

You know that feeling when you just want to lie down with your laptop and watch the latest Kanye West videos on youtube? But as soon as you try, the laptop heats up and it’s uncomfortable? Well it makes sense then that manufacturers are now producing the lapdesk – a little cushion desk for the laptop that comes with handy features like built-in cup holders. They can be used virtually anywhere, making your laptop truly portable as well funky and stylish. The Paris Lap Desk from perpetual kid has a pleasing aesthetic design and even Ikea has jumped on the bandwagon. Our favourite is the Logitech comfort lapdesk. Feel that cushiony goodnes        

Picture from: www.perpetualkid.com

17-06-2009 Revamped Sun-brellas

Let’s face it. The world is heating up and although a bit of sun never hurt anyone, too much exposure and you may be dealing with more than a red face. So take the shade with you wherever you go with sun umbrellas. Not only are they the wiser, healthier option, it’s now also the more fashionable alternative with parasols like that of Tuuci who specialise in designs that are architecturally developed to not only look good but also withstand the harshest global environments. Or try Waikiki on for size and get maximum coverage as the umbrella handle pivots to suit your position. There are many more new and innovative designs - the hardest part is choosing just one!

 

Picture from: www.tuuci.com

05-06-2009 One Small Block for Humankind

Every now and again a great idea is formed somewhere, in some brain, in some community, and blossoms into a phenomenon. This is the work of One Block off the Grid or 1BOG as it has affectionately come to be known. A metaphorically named organisation, the aim is to create a community-based program that gets a group of keen locals together, interested in investing in solar power and organising a discount for every household involved. There’s more power and more knowledge in numbers and in times of financial strife, we could all use a discount for a worthy cause. So far the program is active in the United States, but if the program has continued success, these kids could go global - ticking one block off at a time.

 

Picture from: www.1bog.org

01-06-2009 Not just your Average Joe stalker

´I don’t give a twitter if someone is looking at olives on isle four third shelf up.´ - Anonymous


Apparently Kanye West doesn´t like Twitter. The outspoken rapper mentioned on his blog that the micro blogging site allows users to set up accounts under fake names, thus impersonating celebrities. But Tim O´Reilly, Web 2.0 and computer technology expert, loves Twitter, he even wrote an article about it. ´Twitter has grown up to become a critical business tool´. The logic is that it is simple to use, you can stay connected with family and friends, it puts you closer to your favourite celebrities (maybe too close) and works the way people do. So "Stalkernomics" refers to online stalking but is not limited to stalking for personal use because businesses do it, too. If you want to stalk someone in real life, it might take some guts and some dark sunnies and maybe even a fake moustache, but thanks to some social networking sites, anyone can be a stalker!
 

Picture from: www.hastac.org

01-06-2009 Now all the Cool Kids are doing it

Just when you thought you had the green trend totally figured out, along comes a clothing item we all know, love and covet a staple in every closet - the perfect pair of jeans. Jumping on the bandwagon of all that is pure and green and proving that you don’t have to look daggy to be environmentally aware, some of the most famous designer jean brands are promoting ´98% Organic, 100% Hollywood´ like Easy Rider Jeans for example. Among these established and well known designer brands we also have Nudie Jeans from Sweden, Kuyichi from the Netherlands and Aoki jeans from the USA. The key selling point is no longer about which celebrities are sporting their threads but which brands have more sustainable materials, from organic cotton, to spare denim, linen, soya, lenpur, potato starch and pre-reduced indigo. No chemical stuff allowed. Who said it wasn’t cool to be green?

 

Picture from: www.kuyichi.com