By design: Gender-neutral clothes and eco-friendly creations



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Environmentally-friendly creations and gender-neutral clothing are starring at an annual competition at London’s Design Museum.
Curators say designers are tackling challenges faced by the world, whether it’s mounting plastic pollution or climate change.
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It might look like top couture, but this recycled dress by UK-based designer Matty Bovan was woven from tweed suits once owned by his late grandmother.
It’s greeting visitors to the eleventh Beazley Designs of the Year exhibit, held at London’s Design Museum.
This stone table was created by London-based designer Paul Cocksedge. In response to the threat of eviction from his east London studio, he drilled tonnes of material from its floor and began creating.
Creations by almost 90 nominees are on display as part of the annual design competition.
Concern over the environment is a major theme. Curator Aric Chen says many are tackling challenges faced by our planet, from mounting plastic pollution to climate change.
“I think, design has always been a very responsive discipline. I mean, it really is about really articulating, navigating and making sense of the world that we inhabit,” he says.
“So, in that sense, I think it’s only natural that designers are looking at some of the challenges and questions that we’re confronted with.”
One example is this environmentally-friendly water bottle, made by Will and Jaden Smith’s drinks brand JUST Water. It’s completely biodegradable, including the cap.
“They created a brand called JUST Water and it uses biodegradable paper containers with caps that are not plastic but derive from sugarcane and are compostable,” explains Chen.
Campaign group A Plastic Planet is showcasing what’s claimed to be a plastic-free supermarket aisle.
It features an array of recyclable glass, metal, cardboard and biodegradable containers.
“I think it is scalable, but it starts from we have to work on different levels and has to come from the consumer,” says A Plastic Planet co-founder Frederikke Magnussen.
“Right now, we can’t shop plastic-free, we can have gluten-free, fat-free, sugar-free, wheat-free, but we don’t have a plastic-free option.
“So, we want to be able to give people that option in their daily shop. So, if you don’t want to have plastic in your life, you don’t have to.”
While the #MeToo movement has focused on gender inequality and female empowerment, designers have also begun to explore the malleability of genders.
The exhibit features gender-bending male clothing by fashion house Palomo Spain.
There’s also a line of gender-neutral clothing by New York-based fashion designer Telfar Clemens.
“He’s been working sort of under the radar for quite a while,” says Chen.
“And it’s only recently that he’s been sort of acknowledged for his line that’s sort of gender-neutral or gender ambiguous, under the rubric of; ‘It’s not for you, it’s for everyone.’ And I think that is the ethos he follows.”
Pevious editions of the annual design competition have been dominated by high-tech creations, from driverless cars, to smartphone apps and gadgets.
This year’s selection is much less tech driven. Designers, Chen says, are working in the here and now.
“A lot of the things that we’re so obsessed with – driverless cars, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things etc. etc. – these were all imagined 50, 100 years ago,” he says.
“So, in many ways, what we’re doing now is we are working towards realising the future as the past imagined it.

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8. Radically Sustainable Dawson Creek – Green Energy Futures



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Cheryl Shuman, a city councillor with the city of Dawson Creek in northeastern British Columbia considers herself a turbine hugger, not a tree hugger.

A member of the Peace Energy Cooperative, a local grassroots group which was instrumental in getting a local wind development off the ground, she is an enthusiastic supporter of Dawson Creek’s many radically sustainable practices.

From a $100 a tonne internal carbon tax to wide scale use of solar thermal hot water systems Dawson Creek is blazing a trall when it comes to sustainable municipalities. Learn how and what they’re doing on this week’s video.

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Building a Water Heating Solar Panel.wmv



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I built a solar water heating system. In this video I show you how I built the water heating solar panels. My current system of twenty panels have the capability to collect 500,000 BTU per sunny day. typically I collect about 300,000 BTU, Still that is enough to easily heat our house for a day

The panels cost about $450 to $500 each to build. Still that is much cheeper than buying them off the open market.

UPDATE: The second set of solar panels has been plagued with leaks. The joints between the header and the 1/4 I/D tubing keeps springing leaks. I do not know why this set keeps leaking, and the first set (after three years of use), has not. For a DESIGN IMPROVEMENT I now wrap rings of 8 or 10 guage copper house wire around the joints before soldering. This holds a fillet of solder at each of the joints and dramatically decreases the leakage opportunity. I plan to make a video of this improvment when I get time.

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