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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

17-09-2010 New York Fashion Week- The Green Shows

What’s something we all have in common? We all wear clothes. Well most of us do anyway (I’m looking at you naked bicycle riding man in Barcelona). Our fascination with clothing is seen most notably with Global Fashion Week taking off around the world, particularly in the New York Fashion Week which has incorporated The Green Shows. This exclusive premiere fashion event features ten designers that are committed to the environment, producing fashion which is fair-trade, eco-friendly and uses ethically sound practises. This is high fashion that doesn’t compromise on the glitz and glamour associated with New York style runway shows.

Image Source: www.inhabitat.com

Content Source: www.ecouterre.comwww.thegreenshows.com

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like Green In The Fashion World or 'Muji the Japanese Ikea'.

 

02-10-2009 New Renault Zero Emissions

French car-makers Renault have introduced four all-electric concept vehicles at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Electric cars are silent and emit no CO2, making them an environmentally friendly motor vehicle solution.

The Renault ZE (Zero Emissions) series will be launched from 2011 and the concept range includes the Twizy Z.E., Zoe Z.E., Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. The first of the range to be rolled out will be the Twizy – a space buggy style electric vehicle, intended to be alternative to motorbikes or scooters. All four models will have several options for recharging. A standard charge will take four to eight hours and can be done anywhere or a quick charge can be done in 20 minutes at special charging points.

Picture from: www.renault.com/en/innovation/vehicule-electrique/pages/twizy-ze-concept.aspx

20-04-2009 Tying the (Green) Knot

You know you’re on to a good thing when a highly sought after wedding planner agency like LA Style Unveiled jumps on the eco bandwagon with an Eco-chic Wedding page - 101 ways to cut down on your 'carbon stiletto-print'. Not only are these tips an absolute joy to read, LA Style Unveiled also goes one step further by donating a portion of their site proceeds to Conservation International. You can send them your own eco-wedding stories or simply enjoy their creative and ingenious advice like going barefoot, arriving to the wedding reception in a hybrid or smart car or my personal favourite: Give each guest an 11-watt compact fluorescent bulb as a favour (and just imagine the look on their faces!)

 

Picture from: www.lastyleunveiled.com

05-03-2009 Plant Packaging, Got Mail?

Farms and nurseries are going to love this earth friendly project from Catherine Bourdon. Germoir packaging consists of an envelope that doubles as a plant protector. It follows and

assists the plant throughout its various stages of life and

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finishes up as a germinator. So basically it’s an envelope with dirt and
the plant’s seeds and once the plant has started to grow, the envelope continues to provide the plant with life, disintegrating for years afterwards. So who said envelopes won’t get a good work out in their second afterlife? It’s a zero waste packaging system and we can guarantee it’ll be a hit at dinner parties and post offices everywhere.

Picture from: www.igreenspot.com

27-01-2009 A Recycled Venue Affair

Ever wanted a place to escape, to just meander about with your thoughts, sit at a cafe or gallery and simply ponder the direction the world is headed in environmentally? Well keep an eye out for an Australian first in Melbourne with Greenhouse by Joost – a self-sustaining temporary event venue at Federation Square. The clever little twist is that the venue is constructed entirely from recycled or recyclable materials. Dine in style on the rooftop garden and enjoy this exclusive gig with the in-crowd – the crowd that cares about sustaining the environment, of course.

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Picture from: www.greenhousebyjoost.com

13-01-2009 A Green way of Dining

Recently the number of eco-friendly restaurants has rapidly risen, with numerous ways that restaurants can simultaneously save money and the environment. Focused entirely on green living, The Green Table Australia Scheme intends to recognize the restaurants, cafés and caterers who are working to reduce their CO2 emissions. Businesses must meet minimum requirements in water and energy saving, waste management and supplies in a way that ensures that many of the industry’s small businesses can participate. The scheme is just one of the many coming into fruition with the aim of making the world a healthier place to live in.

Picture from: www.greentable.com.au

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like 'Dining to Infinity and Beyond!', 'The Pop up Dining Movement' and 'Urban Restaurant Gazing'.

22-12-2008 Brazil Brings Us a Biodegradable Alternative

Brazilian home accessories brand Coza has produced a first - a biodegradable plastic product. Although Coza specialises in cool plastic designs, since 2006 it has dedicated its image to creating a greener brand. In 2006, it launched Bios, a line of products made from a mixture of polypropylene with lignin, a chemical substance found in plants' cells to produce wood. So the products have all the benefits of a wood appearance but remain tough like plastic. Coza has fresh ideas you won’t see anywhere else with the added benefit of being affordable as well as completely ethical.

Picture from: www.lojacoza.com.br

19-12-2008 Owl-fashioned Cards

Night Owl Paper Goods is a sure fire way of adding a little old-fashioned festive tradition to your holiday season. These eco-friendly faux wooden holiday cards are inspired by Swedish and American folk artists, decorated with floral borders and animal prints. There are cards for all occasions, as well as jotters, postcards, journals and desktop notepads. Proceeds from these 100% recycled handmade letterpress cards benefit the Black Warrior Riverkeeper environmental organization. So, these holidays use Night Owl Paper Goods cards to spread good will in an environmentally friendly way.

Picture from: www.nightowlpapergoods.com