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Caning it: Allbirds' Tim Brown on the launch of its new sustainable jandals, Sugar Zeffers

Can you handle the jandal?

Caning it: Allbirds' Tim Brown on the launch of its new sustainable jandals, Sugar Zeffers

First there was a shoe made of merino in 2016. Then came shoes made of trees earlier this year. Now Allbirds has launched its latest comfortable, sustainable innovation: customisable jandals made from sugar cane. Co-founder Tim Brown tells Ben Fahy how the Sugar Zeffer range came about, how the SweetFoam material could make a dent in the environmentally unfriendly shoe universe and whether there will be any need for the classic bread-tag-to-fix-the-jandal-blow-out trick with this new range.

Zipping along

Forest-based, eco-tourism business Rotorua Canopy Tours has gone from strength to strength since it opened in 2012. It recently opened a second tour – an experience that is a step-up in terms of adventure. Idealog spoke with co-founders, James Fitzgerald and Andrew Blackford, about the design of the new course, the importance of conservation and pushing through challenges. 

Gratuitous self-promotion

Bonnie Brown's award winning Blooming 'Brella's are selling like syrup-laden hotcakes, and news has it that there is less than one hundred left. So whether you're a selfish lover of design and want your own, or you're looking for a unique gift for family, friends, staff or clients, you'd better move fast and get your name on the pre-order list. These things will undoubtedly be worth millions one day. Don't live a lifetime of regret.

More than a Koru

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? In the final part of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with Māori designers, educators and architects.