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Puma developing compostable shoes, t-shirts and bags

Puma developing compostable shoes, t-shirts and bags

What will you soon be able to do with worn out, old and smelly sports shoes? Throwing them in the rubbish could be a thing of the past if Puma has anything to do with it. The sportswear brand has announced it is developing shoes, t-shirts and bags that will be either compostable or recyclable.

Kiwi company Envirocomp, which specialises in composting disposable nappies, announced earlier this year it had been acquired by the New Zealand office of UK-based facilities services company OCS — a move it said would provide the company with unprecedented access to foreign markets. Now plans to takes its ‘HotRot' nappy composting plant to the world are firmly afoot, with OCS signing a sponsorship agreement with Kimberly-Clark Corporation that gives the U.S. headquartered manufacturer of the Huggies brand the right of first refusal to sponsor OCS’s Envirocomp composting facilities as they are installed around the world.

Innovation/Design

How can something as small as a beetle help combat a global issue as large as drought? Edward Linnacre from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne has an idea, an idea so good, in fact, it earned him this year’s global James Dyson Award. Linnacre’s design, called Airdrop, beat out entries from 17 countries to take out the student design award.

Design

News that Australian company DesignCrowd had launched in New Zealand didn’t go down too well with our readers a few weeks back. But its presence in the Kiwi market and beyond has been given a booster by way of a $3 million investment from Australian VC firm Starfish Ventures. DesignCrowd chief executive Alec Lynch said the money would be used to enhance the company’s service in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. And after a chat on the phone, he was also quick to defend crowd sourcing, describing it as an “opportunity, not a threat” to existing design agencies.

Architecture

It’s probably safe to say Wellington Airport’s new international terminal, dubbed 'The Rock', has now picked up enough awards to give the big finger to its critics. Having in the past being likened to a pair of giant pumpkins and even a piece of anatomy belonging to the nether regions, the airport keeps finding awards favour, most recently winning the Transport category at the inaugural Inside awards in Barcelona, part of the prestigious World Architecture Festival.

Occupy

The Occupy Wall Street movement, and the 'We are the 99%' spinoff it inspired, still remains a bit of an unknown quantity. Its popularity, however, continues to spread around the globe with protests popping up in more than 80 countries. But if your assumptions are that it’s no more than a group of pot-smoking, unemployed lefty hippies with nothing better to do, think again.

A bit of Monday morning inspiration for you by way of the late Ray Anderson, a self professed “recovering plunderer”. In this 2009 presentation, Anderson discusses how Paul Hawken’s book, The Ecology of Commerce, provided the sustainability wake up call he and his company Interface needed. By going against the dominant "take, make, waste" industrial system, Interface went onto to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 82 percent in 12 years. In the same time period sales increased by two-thirds and profits doubled.

Genre mashing always makes for interesting creative outcomes, as Make Something demonstrated last year with its inaugural event that saw the likes of designer Brogen Averill, product designer Jamie McLennan and singer Julia Deans mashing up their skills into a tangible outcome. In 2011 the organisers are at it again, throwing a new bunch of participants together.

We think illustrator Tane Williams is immensely talented, and we swear we’re not being biased just because his cover design for Idealog #31 is a finalist in the Maggies. His latest illustrative venture, a poster for the Fatso 24 Hour Movie Marathon event, features a real mish-mash of pop characters, including your typical Mondo poster movement cast of zombies and aliens. Executing the design, however, certainly wasn’t without its frustrations.

Strategy Design & Advertising has announced a merger with long-standing Wellington-based Cue Design. The merger bolsters Strategy’s studio numbers to four — Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Sydney — with 80 staff across the four studios. And there are big plans afoot.