catclo: catalytic clothing that cleans the air
fashion / innovation / products

catclo: catalytic clothing that cleans the air

Fashion designer and artist Helen Storey is working together with scientist Tony Ryan on a way to reduce air pollution caused by cars and industry. How? By developing an additive for laundry detergent. When cotton clothes are washed with Catclo, as the additive is called, nano-particles stick to the fabrics. When these nano-particles are activated … Continue reading

christien meindertsma: the flax project
craft / innovation / products

christien meindertsma: the flax project

a few months ago I introduced flax seeds to my diet, with great success. Little did I know that these small seeds we call lijnzaad in The Netherlands are actually the same seeds Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma built The Flax Project around. Flax once was a very important textile fibre in The Netherlands. The seeds were produced … Continue reading

imperfect mugs
products

imperfect mugs

every manmade product we buy in stores has been carefully checked for errors like cracks in the glaze, spots or other abnormalities. If products are not perfect, they won’t be sold. Instead, they are destroyed. Literally, such a waste. Because, a mug with a spot on it still functions perfectly as a mug. Why waste … Continue reading

seed savour: saving heirloom seeds
food / products / urban farming

seed savour: saving heirloom seeds

over the last few weeks my Facebook timeline was flooded with posts regarding American seed company Monsanto and their plans to introduce their patented GMO (genetically modified organism)  seeds to European farmers. A lot of people are concerned about this company entering the European market and rightly so. I’m not going to go into the … Continue reading