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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

02-08-2010 Shopping (the way nature intended)

Nothing is more infuriating than supermarkets packaging everything unnecessarily, which is why the idea behind Unpackaged is as simple as it is beautiful. There is no packaging for any of the organic wholefoods and other eco-friendly products on offer, instead allowing customers to bring their own containers or use the store’s very own reusable containers. Catherine Conway is the genius behind this idea, which started off as a market stall in 2006, and now resides in a brilliantly designed store in northeast London, maintaining that fresh market feeling.

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Content Source www.beunpackaged.com

 

If you like this trend, you might also like Not So Forbidden FruitMuesli Lovers Unite or Wine With A Twist

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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Content Source www.keepcup.com.au

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If you like this trend, you might also like 'Turning coffee into art' , When coffee cups have self awareness or 'Battle of the Espresso'.

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

 

14-05-2010 Plant a Tree & Save the Planet

Here’s a fresh idea from Japan  – a global initiative for planting trees. While more and more of us are aware of the destruction of forests around the world, many of us feel that there’s nothing we can do about it. More Trees is a progressive movement which brings the simple action of planting a tree to the masses. The planting of trees brings health benefits such as retention of water and an increase in oxygen and the more people who support this cause, the better off our planet will be.

 

 

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Content Source www.more-trees.org/

 

 

12-04-2010 Care for Your Hair - Care for the Environment

We all feel a sense of responsibility towards our environment - even when we wash and condition our hair at home, we want to be sure we're looking after our oceans and waterways. All over the world hair dressers are developing organic perm solutions and nourishing serums. In AustriaGermanySwitzerlandUK and the USA new hair care treatments are being produced to ensure the safety of our environment. In Australia we too take environmental issues seriously. Eco Hair Products are available in Australia, have a refreshing range of hair care solutions which are not made withe ammonia or toxins.

 

 

The Aveda Feel Amazemint set includes a shampoo, conditioner and bath bar made with peppermint and rosemary to protect both your hair and the environment. Cooling and refreshing, this amazing set will awaken your senses without harmine our waterways.

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Content Source www.ecohairdesign.com

 

 

 

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If you like this trend, you might also like this 'Natural Born Beauty'

 

06-04-2010 Driving Into the Future

  You might not be able to buy it in Australia yet, but the Tesla Roadster is definitely the car of the future. This car proves that an electronic car can be as sleek and slick as a sports car. This car is fast, with a carbon fibre panels making up the body of the car making it lighter and smoother than other electric cars. The battery power means that you’re conserving energy while driving giving you the high performance you would expect from a conventional engine.

 

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22-03-2010 The Vase is Always Greener

 Everyone loves receiving fresh flowers and now there is a vase designed to bring nature indoors, bringing new life to your cut flowers. The grass vase forms part of the Normann Copenhagan collection and has been designed by Claydies, the dynamic duo of Karen Kjældgård-Larsen and Tine Broksø . What better way to display your flowers than in the natural setting of grass? These cheeky vases are unique in character and handmade in clay with a new and inspiring design. Flowers are meant to be enjoyed – show them off to their full potential in a grass vase. For more information go to flickr.com/.

 

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If you like this trend, you might also like 'Steckling a.k.a 'On the Edge' , 'Yin and Yang Fish Bowl Plant' or 'I Spy Flower Power'.

30-10-2009 Out With the Bricks, in With the Straw

Houses made of bricks are so last season: the latest eco trend is building houses from straw. Straw bale houses are being embraced by eco developers and individuals due to their forgiving effect on the environment and amazing cost benefits. Advances in materials and technology mean houses built now will last longer than ever at a fraction of the price of traditional housing. Straw-bale-houses.com offer step by step workshops from foundations all the way to the roof showing you how to construct each section. The Australian Straw Bale Building Association also has industry professionals on hand sharing advice and inspiration. Straw bale houses have lasted since the 1800s and are still going strong – a great option for green construction on a budget.

 

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