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A compostable cycle helmet for fast growing kids

Sometimes it can feel like kids outgrow their stuff quicker than it can be replaced. Now a group of designers from Italy aim to address the problem with a cycle helmet that can be composted. The helmet is made from naturally occurring materials including mycelium and straw, reports inhabitat Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus. Composed mainly of…

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger – we need smaller, lighter cars now

When the German-British statistician and economist Ernst Schumacher  said “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction“, he was making the case for human-scale, decentralised and appropriate technologies. It’s a shame car makers did not take note. Bigger…

If driverless cars seem too good to be true, perhaps they are

Driverless car evangelists rarely acknowledge the transport Elysium they predict is possible now – and with today’s technology. After all, what the world needs is fewer cars, not fewer drivers. We’re losing count of all the benefits being promised of driverless cars. Motorists are being teased with visions of driverless cars as luxurious and relaxing private retreats clever enough to…

A cheap, reliable classic VW camper…and other post-lockdown daydreams

As many daydream of of post-lockdown travels, we thought this might help. It’s a clever decorative design using three individual layers of precision laser cut wood to create a three-dimensional A4 blueprint image of the classic VW T2 Camper Van. If you’d like to win it, simply leave a comment at the bottom of the page and let us know…

Penny farthing laser print up for grabs

We stumbled across an outfit that layers 1/8″ laser-cut and engraved wood over a detailed printed background to create subtle but effective three-dimensional effect and couldn’t resist offering giving away this decorative Penny Farthing bike. To be in with a chance of wining the A4-sized print, which does not include the frame, please leave a comment at the bottom of…