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Fix and Make: Extend the life of your stuff

The Fix & Make program at Canberra’s Hotel Hotel is inspiring us from afar. The talks, events and workshops are designed to expand understanding about how things work, and try to get them working again. People bring in iPhones with dead buttons, or a torn pairs of pants, and all the broken-stuff victims come together to try breathe new life into their things. Fix & Make's fun and simplicity so quickly draws attention to how absurdly deconstructive our current model is, where we heap outdated fast fashion onto throw-away coffee cups onto disposable ballet flats onto used tents from festivals. This beautiful photograph shows the Japanese technique of Kintsugi, which uses a binding lacquer blended with powdered gold or silver to repair broken...

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Interface: A model for purpose-driven business

Interface are true leaders in the field when it comes to restorative manufacturing. It was 1994, and Interface’s 22nd year of doing business, when the company’s founder Ray Anderson made a drastic change in the company. He shifted the focus from just manufacturing carpets, to manufacturing carpets in a truly sustainable fashion, with a mission of reducing the environmental footprint and increasing profits for the company. Often these two values are seen as polarising, opposites, but it’s companies like Interface that show the power business has to make change in the world. Ray’s vision values both stakeholders and shareholders equally - an integral part of creating purpose driven businesses. “Be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire...

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Hut & Stiel: Inventive local production from Vienna

We always have our eyes peeled for interesting ways to use local products. Hut & Stiel in Vienna produce oyster mushrooms grown from coffee grounds collected from the city folk of Vienna. When the grounds are exhausted they are composted to create nutrient-rich soil.  "We are looking for alternative spaces for farming and locally grown food... Shorter distribution channels and the opportunity for producers to work more closely together, urban production also strengthens the creative character of cities." Read the full article by Need Supply Co here.  

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