With sustainability in the backbone of Igwe’s brand identity could these super stylish sneakers actually be one of the most sustainable on the market and might they even lead the way for other brands to follow going forward?

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As stated on the sneakers tongues “Igwe is an experimental sneaker studio”. Founded in 2018 by Samuel Baruch the brands core focus since day one has been to produce quality, stylish and sustainable sneakers that think outside the box in terms of their design, production and transportation strategy.

Samuel started out as an Industrial Designer, back in 2015 he managed to get his foot in the door at Puma as part of their lifestyle department where he worked alongside other talents in the footwear industry at the Herzogenaurach headquarters, located in Southern Germany near Nuremburg. Here his passion flourishes and he devotes a vast amount of time to Kering’s inter-group collaborations, notably for Fenty and Alexander Mcqueen. Wishing to grow his knowledge further and expand on his already incredible portfolio Samuel then decided to collaborate with French brand Veja where he was able to focus a little more on what made him tick, an eco-conscious approach to sneaker design. It was after this vast amount of knowledge was gained and his own style was found that he decided to go out on his own and launch the rapidly growing brand that we now know as Igwe. …


With many electric commercial vehicles currently emerging on the global market does the Arrival Van have what it takes to be the next big thing within this growing sector?

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Most automotive companies currently producing commercial vehicles have a focus on taking the basic models such as the Ford Transit or the Mercedes-Benz Vito and converting them into an electric vehicle, therefore becoming the Ford E-Transit or Mercedes-Benz eVito. …


In an ever evolving world we must look to alternative materials to assist the human race in its progression towards a healthier future, not only for people that live upon it but also for the planet itself. If we do not begin the process of change in terms of materials then we shall not see a future as a species upon this planet. The North Face have collaborated with Spiber to produce a t-shirt that thinks outside the box and can inspire fashion designers everywhere that the use of alternative materials can be ‘cool’.

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Looking from an untrained eye this black t-shirt may just look like any other, but, little subtleties actually point in the other direction, this tee stands out due to its quality and innovative properties rather than in your face style choices. The North Face have worked with Spiber to produce an item made from a blend of plant-based cellulose (cotton) and Spiber’s microbially-produced protein materials (Brewed Protein™). The fabric produced, though heavy-weighted has an incredibly soft texture and looks smooth to the eye. …


iZettle have recently launched an all new Card Reader that is made from mainly recycled fishing nets that were once polluting our seas, they were fished out of our oceans (pardon the pun) and given a new lease of life!

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One of the worlds biggest design failures in terms of sustainability is single use plastic, this is because in its design process there has been no consideration as to what happens when the products made from this material come to the end of their life. The grim reality is that most of these items end up in landfill, scattered throughout our countrysides or even dumped in our worlds oceans. Marine plastic pollution is an ever growing issue that needs to be resolved, traces of plastic can be found throughout a wide variety of fish, birds and a large majority of other animals that inhabit the earth. …


We live in a world where our resources are rapidly depleting and for this very reason we must consider the materials used in the production process of the items that inhabit our surroundings!

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As our planet ages and weathering processes beat away at the shores of our land we find ourselves in a world that naturally produces more and more sand. With a world that is made up of 71% water and 96.5% of that being found in our Earth’s Ocean’s this means that beaches are everywhere and with beaches being everywhere, this produces a vast amount of Sand (in many cases, stony in others). …


A sustainable design concept by Studio Basse Stitgen that turns dis-used Egg shells into beautifully crafted Egg Cups.

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In a world where food wastage has become the norm we must take a step back and look at alternatives that may help the human race progress with a future rather than hinder ourselves on an everlasting path towards destruction.

One food that is wasted on a mass scale is the egg shell. One simply boils, fries or if you are an absolute maniac drinks an egg raw for that extra protein punch! (Each to their own I guess.) During the previously mentioned consumption the egg must be prepared and in doing this one must break the shell, it is then discarded rather haphazardly into a black plastic bag that is then sent away in the trash to never be seen again. Maybe you think, like me, what happens when they arrive at landfill? Do Egg Shells decompose? If so, how long does an Egg Shell take to decompose? The answer to the above questions may in fact shock you, some claim that potentially they may never actually break down into the soil. There are multiple posts and pictures online showing people who have used broken down egg shells in their garden compost heaps to help slow the decomposition process due to their high levels of Calcium, they have emptied their compost heaps multiple years later to find that the egg shells that they placed in the heap are still there, exactly as they left them. …


Back in 2018 the hospitality industry, retail supply chain and residential homes throughout the UK recorded an incredibly high figure of food wastage. That figure was an astounding 9.5 million tonnes of waste! Silo may have a concept that could help scramble change within the hospitality sector and make the United Kingdom’s food wastage issues a thing of the past.

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Silo is a respectful environment that focuses on quality produce alongside conscious decisions that consider potential hazards to our beautiful planet, the restaurant has been very well thought out and focuses on even the smallest of details and we all know that it is the finer details that count. …


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Throughout the western world many children grow up using local parks for enjoyment, they are taken there from a young age and left with their peers to play while the parents sit, watch and catch up with their fellow acquaintances, making these meeting places somewhere wonderful that can be enjoyed by all. Swings are the main attraction in these local parks where children wait patiently for their turn(or in-patiently for some screaming nutcases!). …


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During the Autumn months throughout many parts of the planet a humongous number of trees shed their leaves. The leaves they shed end up on the floor and break down into the earth’s crust, thus never being utilised in relation to man made production. While many materials such as Plastic have a negative effect on the planet, Pine Needles do not and each year after year will fall from their trees thus creating an endless supply and assist in the production of fully circular products.

Tamara Orjola has utilised the use of fallen Pine Needles to create furniture and textiles from waste found on the forest floor. After bagging up the leftover needles she took them back to her studio to create some very understated, exquisitely made materials. The textures found throughout the item range are rugged and rough thus giving off a real quality vibe. The range is stylish while also sophisticated and would look amazing in any home. The understated, purity of these natural products would sit wonderfully alongside neutral tones that are very in fashion at present throughout the interior design world. …


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In a world where humans want the products they purchase to help the environment that they live in rather than damage it we must look to change the way we produce and the main ingredient in this change is the materials we use.

Terrazzo which is a centuries old material that can be found throughout the architecture industry was a popular flooring choice back in the mid-century was the go to choice for commercial spaces including airports, schools, shopping centres and offices due to its durability and low level of effort needed to maintain it.

Terrazzo, which is Italian for terrace, is the name it was given by the Italians who developed it. It’s a composite material made of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other stone, and is held together with a concrete or epoxy-resin binder. A weighted roller finishes the material, and the terrazzo is ground and polished to produce a smooth surface. …

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