Filed under: Awareness, bike, DIY, Green, Lifestyle, Recycling, Sharing, Slow Life, Swap, Take Action, Urban Spaces
Repairing things is, nowadays, very “retro”. People just buy a new one. But the Repair Café, now a worldwide silently protesting against the planned obsolescence. They have all necessary tools to fix clothes, electrical appliances, bikes, furniture, etc and also repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanic. The great and innovative idea aims to teach people “to see their possessions in a new light.” and realizing all the perks of repairing their own things.
This is a great initiative to help us to reconsider the way we consume and relate to consumer goods. Since its beginning, the Repair Café has prevented a 3,200kg of wast around the globe.
Filed under: bike, Cool, Cycling, Design, New Ideas, Outdoor, Slow Life, Take Action, Urban Mobility
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has a new plan of making elevated platforms to cycle away from traffic. The paths won’t be free – it has been suggested that one journey would cost £1 with an Oyster card, still less than half the price of a Tube journey within Zone 1.
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Filed under: Awareness, Cool, Design, Lifestyle, New Ideas, Slow Life, Take Action, Urban Mobility, Urban Spaces
“Parklets” are spreading over parking spaces creating some innovatives urban areas across America. Plots of urban land (usually parking spaces!) are taken by the city government and turned into small and great parks to hang out.
Filed under: Awareness, Digital, DIY, Green, Lifestyle, New Ideas, Outdoor, Recycling, Take Action
TrashOut is a free crowdsourcing app which gives users a way to report illegal dumps. Users comment reports, upload pictures, check the TrashMap and also be rewarded with badges for reporting and helping to clean up public spaces.
Available for iOS and Android.
Filed under: Awareness, Charity, Design, DIY, Eco Home, Green, Nature, New Ideas, Slow Life, Take Action
GiraDora is a portable pedal-power washing and dryer machine to increase efficiency of washing clothes by hand in undeveloped communities around the globe. They’re in prototype phase and the cost will be less than US$ 40,00.
On-demand car service is a great idea now widely spread by ZipCar in U.S. and Canada and Autolib, in Paris. Having said that, Relay Rides might be even better: working like Airbnb for the automotive world, it allows peer-to-peer car rentals, taking people’s dusty cars to work and making some extra $ for their owners.
Molson Canadian is a beer brand that encourages consumers to enhance the green areas surrounding them by providing plantable beer coasters embedded with tree seeds.
The company will release 1 million coasters made of seed paper to be planted and watered. Coasters also have pin codes so the customers can win a pair of tickets to an outdoor concert taking place in their region.
When entering the pin code, users can enter their address and Molson Canadian promises to put money towards a park in the area and has set aside USD 400,000 for this purpose. Fans of the brand can also get a guaranteed ticket to the Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project show in Toronto by signing up to volunteer at one of its 100 Park Projects across the country.