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  • Green Week At Pratt

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Short notice, I know...but Paul Polak is giving the keynote address at Pratt's Higgins Hall on Thursday the 27th at 6pm.

    Mr. Polak founded International Development Enterprises which is a great organization that designs solutions that address root causes of poverty. His products include a $25 treadle pump and small farm drip-irrigation systems priced as low as $3 which helped increase poor farmers' net income by $288 million annually. IDE received a $14 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation in 2006, and in 2004 it received Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in the social responsibility category.

    check out the rest of pratt's green week at http://www.sustainablepratt.org/greenweek.

  • Dizajncafe - designcafe

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Hi

    Since everybody have their own blog I decided to open one. I am designer from Croatia and I will write about product design and other related stories and ideas. For start see my latest project www.dizajncafe.com ( means: design cafe on Croatian language).

    Petra

  • Dizajncafe - designcafe

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Hi

    Since everybody have their own blog I decided to open one. I am designer from Croatia and I will write about product design and other related stories and ideas. For start see my latest project www.dizajncafe.com ( means: design cafe on Croatian language).

    Petra

  • Dizajncafe - designcafe

    Communication, Industrial Design

    Logotip_177_

    Hi

    Since everybody have their own blog I decided to open one. I am designer from Croatia and I will write about product design and other related stories and ideas. For start see my latest project www.dizajncafe.com ( means: design cafe on Croatian language).

    Petra

  • Dizajncafe - designcafe

    Communication, Industrial Design

    Logotip_177_

    Hi

    Since everybody have their own blog I decided to open one. I am designer from Croatia and I will write about product design and other related stories and ideas. For start see my latest project www.dizajncafe.com ( means: design cafe on Croatian language).

    Petra

  • Addiction

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    I think I am addicted to being awake. I feel like in trance after a 24 hour period of work and it just feels like I can save the world, LOL. Anyways I'm also addicted to carrying around a bottle of water that I reuse over and over again, regardless of the chemicals I'm apparently drinking, sooo....

    Have you seen this?

    http://drinkaquaplanet.com/

    What'ya think?

  • 9781844074815_132_

    I am currently reading Kate Fletcher's book, Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys, published by Earthscan. For anyone interested in the future of textiles, fashion, and sustainable lifecycle dressing, this is a must read.

    Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys brings together for the first time information about lifecycle sustainability impacts of fashion and textiles, practical alternatives, design concepts and social innovation. It challenges existing ideas about the scope and potential of sustainability issues in fashion and textiles, and sets out a more pluralistic, engaging and forward-looking picture, drawing on ideas of systems thinking, human needs, local products, slow fashion and participatory design, as well as knowledge of materials.

    Kate Fletcher has been working in sustainable fashion and textiles since the early 1990s. She now works as an independent consultant with clients including high street retailers, designer-makers and non-profit organizations. Kate finished a PhD in 1999 at Chelsea College of Art and Design, investigating sustainable design opportunities in the UK Textile Industry, before working as a post-doc researcher and spending four years as a lecturer in Eco Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

    (The above information is from the Earthscan publisher website.)

    See also http://www.katefletcher.com

  • CANDO's existing work

    Education, Industrial Design

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    “CANDO” stands for Cambodian NTFP Development Organization (CAN-DO), which is one of the non-profit organizations I’ve been contacting with. They work with rural communities of Cambodia live in prosperous and dignified condition through sustainable forest resources management, community economic development and promotion of social well-being.

    They are basically the group of people I have been working with, and designing for. In order to understand their abilities and crafts clearly, (without visiting there physically) I have asked them to ship me some of their existing products.

    And now, I finally got them! These are two of their bamboo baskets and natural dyed fabrics.

  • CANDO's existing work

    Education, Industrial Design

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    “CANDO” stands for Cambodian NTFP Development Organization (CAN-DO), which is one of the non-profit organizations I’ve been contacting with. They work with rural communities of Cambodia live in prosperous and dignified condition through sustainable forest resources management, community economic development and promotion of social well-being.

    They are basically the group of people I have been working with, and designing for. In order to understand their abilities and crafts clearly, (without visiting there physically) I have asked them to ship me some of their existing products.

    And now, I finally got them! These are two of their bamboo baskets and natural dyed fabrics.

  • Camboo

    Education, Industrial Design

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    C o r e P r o b l e m Although the Kingdom of Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflict have left it one of the world’s poorest countries. The World Bank estimated 35% of the population living under the poverty line in 2004. It is highest in rural areas and lowest in Phnom Phen. While the country’s economy has grown in the last few years, It’ll still take a long time to escape poverty.

    The pressures of a fast-growing population contribute to poverty. Because of a lack of education and skills training, people have low capabilities and inadequate employment opportunities. They are insecure, excluded, and vulnerable. Poor health, lack of education, poor infrastructure and low productivity lead to deeper poverty. The cycle of poverty, ill health, and high health care costs cripple poor Cambodian families economically.

    T a r g e t a u d i e n c e Producers: low-income bamboo artisan families in Cambodia Buyers: global customers

    M i s s i o n • improve the quality of life for struggling low-income families in Cambodia, by investigating the country’s available natural resources, • create opportunities for the production of responsible design products to sell in the global marketplace, • practice production and consumption in a more sustainable manner. • educate consumers about the producers/artisans backgrounds

    As I believe, these individuals in Cambodia have their abilities and advantages to create wealth, and to creat...

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