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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

29-06-2010 Vintage Camera Revival

Those who bore witness to the apparent death of Polaroid film in 2008 will be relieved to learn of the Impossible Project, which aims to revive a new generation of instant film for Polaroid cameras. A team of people have come together and bought the old Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. Their aim is to develop a cheaper version of instant film and will be releasing a limited amount this year. The Impossible Project is not the only revival of analogue photography. The Lomography movement is also making waves with a series of stores springing up around the world, offering camera lovers the opportunity to revel in both instant and medium format photography and capturing that spontaneity of everyday life with dreamy, experimental and unique images to cherish.

 

 

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24-06-2010 Vinyl Lovin'

Here at Trendspotting we love a good recycling story, especially when it combines some of our greatest loves. Well, we love wallets and we also love classic vinyl records. Cue the latest trend of (yes you guessed it) recycled vintage vinyl record wallets!  You can purchase these unique pieces by The Original Record Wallet Company on Etsy, a marketplace specialising in handmade items. We also love these Gorilla Vinyl Classic Record Wallets, made from original vinyl. Oh and these very cool Recycled Vinyl Record Wallets. Yes, we’ll just take one of everything, thanks.

 

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24-06-2010 For Love or Money? Why not both?

If money can’t buy happiness, then we’re really not sure what to make of origami jewellery made out of banknotes and

currency because we’re pretty sure they make us happy. This clever concept comes from Belgian jewellery designer Tine de Ruysser. Her latest collection is called ‘banknote jewellery’ and is made from actual currency that hails from around the world. There is a lesson here about the power of money and

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gold, particularly in times of financial crisis. But for now we just like to stare longingly at these finely crafted pieces. Get involved today.

 

 

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24-06-2010 Tap out!

The masses are demanding to be given tap! It’s quite a simple idea really. How can you stay hydrated when you’re out and

about without splurging on bottled water? This is how they came up with the idea of free access to clean sustainable water in public places. We already have projects like TapIt in the United States and Give me Tap in Manchester, UK. Restaurant or cafe owners sign up as providers and can be tracked down via a mapping service. Anyone who carries the branded life-time aluminium bottles can fill up at these ‘stops’. Give me Tap sends 70% of its profits to independent water projects in Africa. It will save money, the environment, your health and keep everything sustainable. Who won’t drink or tap to that?

reusable aluminium water bottle with benefits

 

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15-06-2010 Old age glamour to usher in new age fashion

Iconic British designer Katharine Hamnett is world renowned for her provocative slogan tees, forcing people to think outside the square. She is now taking her skills to the sea in the most glamorous fashion, with a swimwear collection called ‘Save the Sea’. Her ethical swimwear range features glamorous and flattering fifties-style swimsuits, polka dot bikinis, stripes and ruffles and totes with slogans, all hailing from the 1950s era of golden glamour. The entire collection is made with organic and sustainable fabrics. In a world plagued by oil spills and sewage dumping, overfishing and industrial pollution, awareness for the sea is quite literally a breath of fresh, salty air.

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15-06-2010 The Pop up Dining Movement

Imagine if restaurants could pop up out of nowhere? Imagine if they wandered from house to house, to a pretty warehouse or a different location each week and the only way you knew about it was to keep an ear out, check out a blog online, leave secret messages (or an email will do) or whisper in hushed tones to your friends? What if the food came secondary (yet still of high quality, professionally home-made food?) and the setting came first? Well you’d appreciate the whole experience that much more. That’s the idea behind the pop up restaurants, an underground restaurant scene where the most important thing is meeting new people, sitting in a stranger’s home and sharing the long lost art of enjoying a good meal together. Doesn’t that sound lovely? 

 

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15-06-2010 Brightening up the Slums

A work of art can brighten the lives of individuals, especially if that art is bright and colourful. Such is the philosophy behind the initiatives of two community-driven art projects, Favela Painting in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and the Mumbai Wall Project in India. The voluntary project in Rio de Janeiro is run by the Firmeza Foundation; its primary aim is to boost the morale of the people living there. The locals of Santa Marta were trained extensively and paid for a month’s work, giving the slum an incredible makeover. The idea behind this wonderful initiative comes from Dutch artist duo Hass & Hahn. Join their Facebook page and help them raise money to go back and finish the project.

 

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10-06-2010 Is it a Cinema? Is it the Environment? Is it a Festival?

You’ve seen rooftop cinemas, a variety of music festivals every year, a handful of neighbourhood festivals here and there. You’ve seen it all right? Well the good news is you’re still yet to see the Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival. It’s part of a string of festivals springing up all over the place, centering on the environment and various green initiatives. The festival takes place in Italy and includes panel debates with experts, meet-the-author events, book presentations, concert performances and more. Keep an eye out for similar initiatives coming to your local area!

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08-06-2010 A Haven for Bicycles

Have you ever just wandered along on your bicycle and thought about how rude car parking spaces can be? They take up so much space, only allow for cars to park there and worst of all, they usually don’t look very nice. Which is why it’s no surprise that Annie Scheel won first prize in the 2010 Delaware Valley Green Building Council Competition for Sustainable Design in Philadelphia. Annie created a clever redesign of car parks, which she turned into a very cool bicycle park that makes more use of the space we have. The most amazing part is that as a car park it has a capacity to store up to 100 cars and yet as a bicycle car park, it can store up to 690 bikes! That’s a whole lot of happy, bicycle-riding folk let me tell you.

 

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08-06-2010 Keep Cup Keeps you Happy

Keep Cup knows all about its enemy, the disposable cup. It knows that our daily ritual of takeaway coffee in non-recyclable cups is harming the environment, particularly in arid regions like Australia where biodegradation can take up to 50 years. That’s why Keep Cup is a pretty little smug thing, as it’s the latest, cleverly designed trend sweeping our cafes. By reusing the Keep Cup each time you order coffee, you are helping the environment with small acts that can make a big difference. Plus you can customise each cup by marking your regular order on the tab. They come in a variety of different colours and the design has a handy tab that you can plug in the drinking hole to stop any spillages as you merrily walk along. 

 

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03-06-2010 Electric Cars go Mainstream

Some cars aren’t all bad for the environment, especially innovative electric cars. To make a point of this, BetterPlace is an electric vehicles service provider that aims to bring sustainable transportation to the world. Two examples include the I-Miev from Mitsubishi and the Leaf from Renault/Nissan. The i-Miev produces 70% less Carbon Dioxide emissions than other petrol-powered vehicles. The Nissan Leaf boasts an even more impressive benchmark with zero emissions and an affordable price tag to boot. Powered completely with lithium-ion batteries, quality is not compromised in a bid to do its bit for the environment.

 

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Content Source www.betterplace.com

 

03-06-2010 Dose of Reality for Twitterers

You can ‘Facebook attend’ an event which, as most people know, is quite different to ‘real life’ attendance. But did you know that now the tech nerds have cleverly designed a way for you to send real life gifts via the medium of Twitter, even if you don’t know the person’s address? The clever folk at Mashable have compiled a list of the various websites that, with just a credit card and access to Twitter, allows you to send gifts of all shapes and sizes to your online buddies! This is an interesting take on how online social mediums are starting to practically filter into our everyday lives. Now you just sit back and wait for the sweet gifts to come flooding in (hopefully).

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