Doing the right thing while keeping powered up 

Most portable or mobile devices need power and that is provided by batteries in some form – either rechargeable or non-rechargeable, built-in or replaceable. 
All of those batteries have their advantages and disadvantages, some last longer than others, some are cheaper in the long-run, some need more attention than others i.e. charging or replacing. 
Whatever the battery, it will need to be replaced at some stage 

Fruit tattoos set to replace stickers and plastic packaging as growers seek labelling alternatives – ABC Rural – ABC News

Plastic labels are set to become a thing of the past, though, as farmers listen to consumer demand for less packaging. Tattoos on fruit are set to replace stickers as farmers seek out environmentally-friendly alternatives to labels for produce that already comes in its own natural packaging. Fruits with printed skins are already on supermarket…

How we design

Again and again I am astonished as to how long it takes for a great idea for a design until it becomes mainstream.
It likewise amazes me how we design things on a daily basis, the things that are not the great inventions but just things like buildings and infrastructure.

Recycling – some personal thoughts

As there are many shades of green, the same applies to recycling. There is downcycling, recycling and upcycling.

I think those terms were used by Reiner Pilz first. Most of the time we are doing the lowest level: downcycling, ie your soft drink bottles are not turned into soft drink bottles any more but into some inferior product. And that usually happens only once until that product gets to the end of its life and then the final destination will be incinerator at its best or the tip. So in summary downcycling is actually a process of extending the life of a raw material but the destination is pre-programmed.

Composite Decking – some thoughts and overseas observations

Personally I never liked composite decking.
I am not sure whether people understand the difference between recycling and downcycling. Recycling means (to me) that you can turn a product into the same product over and over again or into another product with equal value or maybe even higher value (that would be upcycling).
However in most cases when I read about recycling, it appears to simply mean molding a high quality product into an inferior product that cannot be recycled any further but will end in the landfill (or in incineration plants overseas).
One of those examples appears to be composite decking, that has entered the NZ market some years ago. It is either manufactured from recycled plastic entirely or with additions of a varying percentage of sawdust. Whatever composition is has, it is a mix of materials and will not be able to be recycled. As a result, you are extending the life of a previously good product (the “raw” material by another 15 years. Some manufacturers used to give you less than 15 years warranty, however according to latest determinations, council can reject a composite decking material when the expected durability is less than 15 years because that’s what the requirement for decking material is in NZ.

The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town

You’d think that the world’s tallest building – a structure that requires amazingly complex engineering and technology to reach its heights – would have an equally impressive sewage system. Unfortunately, that’s not the case because it isn’t hooked up to a municipal wastewater treatment system – so when you poop in the Burj Khalifa, that waste is actually trucked out of the city.