Endorsing Green Products

Endorsing products to be green

Consumer protection law, simply explained, is a field charged with the responsibility of protecting the general public from any form of undue exploitation by retailers and service providers. With the dawn of “going green” trends globally, the consumer is being lobbied and bombarded with campaigns to migrate to green living. These rigorous campaigns have opened opportunity for false and misleading advertising. Many consumers are heeding the call to go green. Consequently, many people concern themselves with the environmental effects of the products they purchase for domestic use. This in turn has prompted many manufacturers to endorse their products with environmental… read more

Bottling It Up

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Currently, Finland generates the lowest packaged waste of all European countries. This could in part be due to the nation’s bottle law, which requires the use and return of refillable bottles. Beginning implementation in the mid 1970s, the law requires that all take-out drink and alcoholic beverages produced in Finland be packaged in returnable bottles. Consumers of these beverages pay a small deposit fee upon purchase, which is refunded once the bottles are returned. The packaging ordinance has resulted in Finland’s soft drink and beer manufacturers conforming to design parameters to ensure all bottles can be reused, and refillable plastic… read more

Anti-Consumerist Art and A City Without Signage

Anti-Consumerist Art and A City Without Signage

Advertising is all around us. Unless you are in a remote area and completely unplugged, then advertising is a daily sightseeing event. One artist spinning around the web, Etienne Lavie, is bringing some real attention to just how prevalent it is. Cleverly replacing what normally appears on the signs and billboards throughout the cityscape of Paris streets with renowned paintings brings a dramatized view of how signage can invade our lives, without us even noticing. The project is called “OMG, who stole my ads?” and it literally transforms the barrage of signs that people who are out and about see… read more

Sustainable Packaging Designs

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Packaging and waste can go hand in hand in the realm of consumerism. A 10 year span that was examined in Europe did see a positive drop in packaging waste, by 43% throughout 27 states due to better recycling techniques, according to the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the U.S. produced at least 243 million tons of waste in 2009 alone, however over 80 million tons were kept out of landfills due to recycling and composting (Mother Nature Network). Recycling efforts are positive approaches. However, the question of availability for smarter packaging… read more

Swaziland Unplugs

Swaziland unplugs

Communication is a necessary element of human existence. It is arguably the most treasured ability that humans possess, so much so that there are many modes of communication and as much media. One such media is the telephone, invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. Many homes and business entities in and around Swaziland have been using, and still use the telephone to communicate with other persons on a daily basis. The demand for telephones continues to rise, despite the popularity of other media such as email, cellular phone and social websites. In the past, a rise in demand meant… read more

The Greenwash Guide

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Greenwash is alive and well across the globe. Today’s consumers are swamped with “eco-friendly” advertising and marketing messages that simply don’t come clean in the wash. Greenwash occurs when marketers seek to entice customers through unsubstantiated, fabricated or exaggerated environmental claims. In a market economy where the “green dollar” is a powerful force, we are swimming in products and services supposedly rich with environmental or sustainability benefits. But amid all the noise of organisations “going green”, why should we even care whether a few fibs are told along the way? As Futerra say in The Greenwash Guide: “Greenwash isn’t simply… read more

Inspiring Interiors

Inspiring Interiors

People tend to gravitate to rooms that are pulled together and adorned with a little style. Even though happy with a space, having a look at other rooms can conjure up some inspiration or provide a fresh outlook. These rooms from Ganna Design aren’t afraid to use a mix match of items. Modern and repurposed pieces are both used, and the space is pulled together by color and texture. The composed rooms lend to a calm feeling that culminates in a relaxing but operative area. Intended as an office studio, there are separate creative zones but the floor plan allows… read more

Every Drop Is Vital

Water conservation

Water neutrality is a self explanatory, though misleading, concept. It basically refers to encouraging all water users to engage in normal day to day activity whilst using the least water as possible. This can be done by adopting water conservation measures that limit the use of water without compromising results attained by using water liberally. It is misleading in that water neutrality can never be achieved, not even theoretically. Unlike carbon emissions, water usage cannot be reduced to nil. Water neutrality can be achieved by developing and using technology that will minimize the use of water in human activity. It… read more

Recycle Your Leftover Paint

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Paint projects often end before all of the paint in the can is used up. Improper storage, aging and waste contribute to excess leftover paints, which is where recycling operations come into play. Paint must be properly disposed of and it is unlawful to just throw it away due to its toxic compounds. It can be recycled, and paint is one of the main collected items at household hazardous waste facilities. As pointed out by Earth911, prior to 1978 paints were readily made with mercury, a neurological toxin. Oil-based paints produce volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in the air, and are… read more

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If you’ve been there – then you are with me on this one. Stuck behind a slab of concrete starkness or a carpeted cubicle, a drab working environment can completely drain you. If your surroundings are repeatedly uninspiring, chances are that over time you may feel a decrease in motivation and will be less productive. Architectural team Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano from Selgascano obviously thought of this with their open office space. Though the building may seem somewhat restricted in terms of size and shape, they have been able to create a sense of openness and availability to a beautiful… read more