Category Archives: Design

Handcrafted Pottery Offers Dignified Employment

I’m always on the lookout for carefully crafted, handmade goods as gifts, which can make something as simple as giving a mug special. JustPotters is a Vancouver-based social enterprise that employs individuals who face barriers to gaining traditional employment. Whether

Handcrafted Pottery Offers Dignified Employment

I’m always on the lookout for carefully crafted, handmade goods as gifts, which can make something as simple as giving a mug special. JustPotters is a Vancouver-based social enterprise that employs individuals who face barriers to gaining traditional employment. Whether

Healthier Laundry with Human-Powered Washer

As I was doing my laundry over the weekend, it dawned on me what a time and labour-saving invention our modern day washers and dryers are. We sort our clothes, put them in a machine, start it, and while our

Healthier Laundry with Human-Powered Washer

As I was doing my laundry over the weekend, it dawned on me what a time and labour-saving invention our modern day washers and dryers are. We sort our clothes, put them in a machine, start it, and while our

Rugby Balls Made from Trash Bring Opportunities for Unemployed Women

I think upcycling is such a great concept – repurpose items with little perceived value and turn them into something that’s functional and in some cases treasured. I came across The Touch Initiative the other day, I can’t remember exactly

Rugby Balls Made from Trash Bring Opportunities for Unemployed Women

I think upcycling is such a great concept – repurpose items with little perceived value and turn them into something that’s functional and in some cases treasured. I came across The Touch Initiative the other day, I can’t remember exactly

Wello’s WaterWheel – Rolling Towards Healthier Communities

When we see pictures of life in rural, developing countries, the image of women and children transporting large containers of water balanced on their heads is something I think we’ve all come to expect, however, a social venture called Wello

Wello’s WaterWheel – Rolling Towards Healthier Communities

When we see pictures of life in rural, developing countries, the image of women and children transporting large containers of water balanced on their heads is something I think we’ve all come to expect, however, a social venture called Wello

Cardboard Toys Bring Imagination into the Fold

The gift giving season is officially over for another year and that makes me very happy. It’s not necessarily the buying of gifts that’s the challenge, but rather fighting the crowds, choosing the perfect gift and wrapping the presents that

Cardboard Toys Bring Imagination into the Fold

The gift giving season is officially over for another year and that makes me very happy. It’s not necessarily the buying of gifts that’s the challenge, but rather fighting the crowds, choosing the perfect gift and wrapping the presents that

Bamboo Homes Bring Shelter and Jobs to Rebuild Communities

I spent a great deal of the holidays hovered in front of the TV watching movies, food competition and travel shows, and HGTV. One program I really liked was called Extreme Homes, which features uniquely built houses from around the

Bamboo Homes Bring Shelter and Jobs to Rebuild Communities

I spent a great deal of the holidays hovered in front of the TV watching movies, food competition and travel shows, and HGTV. One program I really liked was called Extreme Homes, which features uniquely built houses from around the

Reliable Refrigeration Boosts Off-Grid Economies

It’s now a few days after Christmas dinner and my wife and I are still trying to put a dent into all the leftovers sitting in our refrigerator. In the western world, we’re lucky that most of us have a

Reliable Refrigeration Boosts Off-Grid Economies

It’s now a few days after Christmas dinner and my wife and I are still trying to put a dent into all the leftovers sitting in our refrigerator. In the western world, we’re lucky that most of us have a