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Doconomy launches credit card with a carbon-emission spending limit

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“Swedish fintech company Doconomy has launched a credit card that tracks the carbon dioxide emissions of purchases, and caps the climate impact of users' spending.

The DO Black credit card directly connects our consumption to the impact it has on the planet, in a bid to encourage us to actively reduce our carbon footprint each day.

Users can make their daily purchases with the DO card, tracking the carbon emissions associated with their spending via the DO app.

The app uses a calculation system called the Åland Index to measure the CO2 produced with every transaction, and allows users to put limits on the climate impact of their spending”

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“Those who sign up to DO will receive access to a free savings account that helps them understand their carbon footprint, learn about UN-certified climate compensation projects, and discover investment funds that have a positive impact on people and the planet.

The card itself is made of bio-sourced material and is printed with Air Ink – an ink made from recycled air pollution particles, namely the unburned carbon soot that comes out of car exhaust pipes, chimneys and generators.

Source: Dezeen

Upcycling Lifeguard towers into winter swingset for Toronto's frozen beaches by WMB Studio

Art, Design, Architecturenicole ziziComment
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This is a Sling Swingset designed by WMB Studio. “Part of the annual Winter Stations project that transforms lifeguard stations on Toronto’s Woodbine Beach, the Sling Swing was one of five selected designs and revises the idea of a relaxing summer deck chair into a wintery piece of public art. Following the competition theme of ‘warmth’, its swathes of bright orange canvas are suspended from a grid of steel poles that encompass the station and create twenty-one ‘slings’ in which people can swing, huddle or simply sit and contemplate the sea view. When unoccupied, the loops of fabric sway in the breeze to create a highly animated, vibrant weather van. ”

Source: uk.askmen.com

Material Research and Exploration: Tagua Nuts

Textiles, Designnicole ziziComment

Tagua Nut,

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often called a vegetable ivory. An alternative to elephant. Mainly grown in Ecaudor. Can be carved into sculptures, buttons, jewlrey, and industrial products.

Decreases deforstation, and promotes the growth of Tagua palm trees. Despite the perspective of human management of nature a negative effect, Tagua nut Palm trees actually flourish with human management. Human interaction can actually be essential for the conservation of this tree species.

PROPERTIES:

Absorbs dye like a dream.

Great for industial products, product design and fashion.

Very hard, dense material.

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PROCESS:

The Tagua fruit is collected from the trees and dried for four up to eight weeks, after which period they become hard

Shells are cracked to extract the nuts, and each nut is cleaned and shaped as desired

The Tagua is dye in the desired colors

After dyed, the nut is again exposed to the sun for one week to two weeks (depends if the season is rainy or dry)

Finally, after drying up the nut the artisan uses sealers to hold the color before polishing the nut

MORE INFORMATION:

Tagua tree produces three crops a year.

Each Tagua plant produces, 15 fruits that are similar to pine apples, with about 30-80 nuts.

This material has been used as early as colonial times by the spainiards, used for buttons, umbrellas, walking sticks, pipes, napkin rings, chess pieces.

Taguas palm tree is also used for roof construction, and powder to feed cattle in equador.

In one year, the Tagua palm tree produces 20lbs of ivory vs elephant producing only 20lbs in a lifetime.

Sources:

Ecuadorian Hands Colombian Indiarts One World Fair Trade