March 15, 2016
by msnathan

Best New Thing In The World: Amazing Biodegradable Food Packaging!

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biodegradeable packagingI was browsing Tumblr last night and came across this really awesome system for packaging that biodegrades AND also only lasts as long as the food inside it. Right now, milk will go off long before it’s container would ever break down and stop polluting the earth. For example, the oil container above is made out of caramelized sugar and coated with wax that you crack like an egg, but once it’s cracked the wax no longer protects the sugar and will melt when it comes in contact with packaging1bio packaging2bio packaging5The smoothie package above is made out of gel from agar agar seaweed and water, to open it you pick the top. It will slowly wither as the smoothie starts to get packaging3 bio packaging4This package made of biodegradable beeswax and to open it you peel it like a fruit! It’s made for storing dried goods like rice and grains.

The company who made these also made this cool self opening package. It opens itself in the oven when the food has reached the correct temperature for serving. What a cool idea!Have you seen anything like this before? Could you think of any other ideas for systems of storing food that isn’t wasteful and bad for the planet? I bet this packaging started from a pretty wild idea!

Source: Tomorrow Machine

April 1, 2015
by msnathan

Best New Thing In The World: Touchable Memories

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Ok so this isn’t actually new, the post I linked to above was written last November, but it is new to me and I think it is really awesome.

3D printing seems like such exciting technology, but I do wonder sometimes if it is that good an idea to be producing more plastic things that could end up in landfills. This idea from pirate3d though, of 3D printing copies of photos for blind folks so they can have a chance to see their memories again is fantastic!

Technology is just a tool. People give it a purpose. 

What a great way of looking at technology! What are your thoughts about 3D printing? Have you heard any innovative or exciting ways that people are using it? Let me know in the comments!

March 20, 2015
by Jiya >:)

Best new thing in the world

New way to move through the streets with these awesome new traffic lights!



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Sand Glass is a concept traffic-light which gives visual feedback as to just how long you’re going to be stuck at a junction. Using the hourglass as a metaphor, Sand Glass lets its LED-pixels bleed through the lamp’s waist one by one, so you can see just when the lights will change.

Leave a comment down below of what you think of this cool new invention

By Jiya and Ben

March 6, 2015
by msnathan

Best New Thing In The World: Coffee cups that grow!

Check out the video above to learn more about this super clever and planet friendly design idea! A group of people has made a prototype for a biodegradable coffee cup that has seeds in it so it will grow if you plant it. I would love to be able to choose these cups in New Zealand! If you go to their Kickstarter page you’ll see that lots of other people want this product as well, they’ve gone over their fundraising goal with 9 days left to go.

Would you use a coffee cup with seeds in it? Have you ever thought of something clever and helpful to design? Leave a comment with your answers!

June 27, 2014
by msnathan

Best New Thing In The World: The Daily Talk, a chalkboard newspaper.


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“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.” – Kofi Annan

In our class we have this Kofi Annan quote on our Information Hub wall and it is surrounded by all sorts of ideas, statements, beliefs and feelings that we have about various things we read, watch or talk about in the news. When I read about The Daily Talk, that quote and the empowerment knowledge gives us is the first thing I thought of.

Alfred J. Sirleaf is a Liberian journalist who believes it is important for people to be informed and that knowledge shouldn’t only be held by a wealthy few newspaper owners. So, knowing how low the literacy rate in his country was as well as how little money people had to buy newspapers or access the internet, he decided to start The Daily Talk, a blackboard newspaper in Monrovia, Liberia. It is situated in a public place for anyone to read who wants to.

Alfred doesn’t own a computer, so every day he goes to the internet cafe and researches the latest news stories then handwrites the headlines and stories on The Daily Talk. Can you imagine handwriting out the news, everyday! Also, to help people who have trouble reading he uses pictures and symbols (a blue helmet for UN peacekeepers) to help people make sense of what he has written.

He believes that it is important for the news to be reported honestly and without the bias that you will often find in larger media outlets, but because of that and his criticisms of the former president The Daily Talk was once destroyed by government soldiers and Alfred was jailed then exiled. This hasn’t stopped him though, he rebuilt it and is back to reporting the news. As his space is limited, he has to make decisions about what to report, how much to include, which stories are the most important for the people and who’s voices need to be heard. Watch below to Alfred talking about his work with The Daily Talk.

Watching and reading about this made me realise how incredibly lucky we are to have access to a wide range of information via the internet, and also that we have our own voice on the internet through our blogs. What lessons do you think you could take away about writing, blogging and sharing knowledge from this story?

May 21, 2014
by msnathan
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Best New Thing In The World: Rabbit Show Jumping

I’ve decided to start a new feature on our blog called ‘Best New Thing In The World’. To be honest, I’ve completely stolen the title from The Rachel Maddow Show (I love this one) and Rookie do a similar thing with their Literally The Best Thing Ever posts. It’s just a fun way of sharing cool stuff that we’re into.

Anyway, for our first Best New Thing In The World we have…rabbit show jumping! We all know I love a good animal video and basically anything where we get to watch animals doing cute stuff. I can’t believe this has been around for 20 years and I didn’t know about it! Of course it was invented in Sweden which totally seems like a magical land full of good design and funny ideas. What do you reckon, do they give horses a run for their money?

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