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Vietnam and its Magical Beans

Monthly Feature | 2017.06 Vietnam  Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia with over 6.5% economic growth projection in coming years despite the regional slowdown. Among all the commerce, coffee trade is the major source of income for Vietnam since the early 20th century. Vietnam produces 16% of the world’s total coffee. Over the last decade, more than 1 million tonnes of coffee products had b...

27 Jun 4:22 PM 0 Read More...

Vietnam: Mekong Quilts

Quits that stitch with love Imagine you are a mother with 3 young children, living in a poor rural village in Vietnam. You really hope to earn some money to help the family but you must stay at home looking after your children. Yet, you find the unemployment rate ... Unemployment, female (% of female labor force), The World Bank Bangladesh     4.7% Cambodia       0.2% Thailand         0.6% Vi...

20 Jun 10:00 AM 0 Read More...

Get Dirty to get Clean - Taiwanese students made creative Popsicles from 100 Different Polluted Water

3 design students from Taiwan this summer made use of their creativity to present 100 types of popsicle to get us to think about water pollution from a totally different perspective. Dare yourself to try in this summer ? This is called the Polluted Water Popsicles project, which aims to raise awareness about rising water pollution due to rapid economic growth and urbanization. Water was taken from 100 different wa...

19 Jun 10:48 AM 0 Read More...

Treepedia - An awesome assistant for city greening

Using Google Street View, this project from MIT shows where cities need to do more planting. A new project called Treepedia uses an algorithm and Google Street View to map trees in cities, making it possible to see the stark differences in greenery between streets and cities as a whole. In the first stage of the project, the researchers mapped greenery in 12 cities. Green dots on each map indicate higher ...

22 Feb 4:38 PM 0 Read More...

The First Fertile Newspaper "The Mainichi Shimbusha"

In Japan, one of the most famous national dailies invented a one hundred percent sustainable newspaper, "The Mainichi ". You can rip up the paper into small pieces, plant it in a regular flower pot, water it and in a few days – “poof” you got a new plant. This invention is called “Green Newspaper” and was invented by the publisher of the famous Japanese daily, The Mainichi Shimbunsha. How this works ...

09 Feb 4:15 PM 0 Read More...

‘The Waste Bench’ - Trash And Treasure The Game

Eindhoven Design Academy graduate Wouter Vastenow looks at how cleaning up the streets can be changed from a chore to an inviting game for people passing by. With the ‘De Afvalbank’ or ‘The Waste Bench’, Vastenow attempts to make cleaning up the streets fun. The bench acts like a regular piece of street furniture, with a clever extra feature. Kick a piece of rubbish into the slot in the base and it will ...

27 Jan 11:04 AM 0 Read More...

"Farm from a Box" to solve food security problem

A startup from USA "Farm from a Box" is taking a different approach: a simple tool kit that can help anyone start a tech-enabled farm and grow food efficiently themselves to solve the problem of food security. With a simple installation, it can generate solar, collects rain, and powers a drip irrigation system. In a year, you can feed your whole neighborhood. Farm from a Box built in a modified shipping conta...

11 Jan 11:34 AM 0 Read More...

Tesla Solar Rooftop Project is coming to town

The solar roofing comes in four distinct styles that Tesla presented at the event, including “Textured Glass Tile,” “Slate Glass Tile,” “Tuscan Glass Tile, and “Smooth Glass Tile.” Each of these achieves a different aesthetic look, but all resembled fairly closely a current roofing material style. Each is also transparent to solar, but appears opaque when viewed from an angle. “The future is going...

15 Dec 12:05 PM 0 Read More...