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Reclaim the streets: Beyond the Parklet

Most of us who live in cities become blind to the blight caused by endless rows of cars parked along every street. We become immune to the visual clutter and numb to the road danger to which they contribute. We forget that streets are for people. In the 1970s, San Francisco became the birthplace of the parklet – a way…

Pop-up protest against road danger

If the moral test of government is how it treats the most vulnerable, then road danger is a miserable indictment of the British administration. Take for example the road featured in the video below. It is crossed by hundreds of children every day and yet no no provision is made for their safety. It is classed by local authority Wandsworth…

Shoulder bag made from recycled plastic bottles

The Jack Wolfskin Warwick Ave Shoulder Bag is constructed from polyester made from totally from recycled plastic drinks bottles. In total, some 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across Britain each year, resulting in substantial amounts of waste. There’s no substitute for eliminating single-use plastic products, but after reducing and re-using comes recycling so we have one of the shoulder…

Car makers need a reboot

Why do some technologies endure beyond their sell-by-date while others yield to progress? The internal combustion engine has done an admirable job at resisting obsolescence – even in the face of climate breakdown, an air pollution crisis and widespread cheating of emissions testing. Part of the reason is that car makers seem reluctant to start with a blank sheet of…

Our right to breathe clean air

After six years of campaigning a judge has agreed to a new inquest into the death of a healthy girl in London who died after developing a serious form of asthma. Ella Roberta Adoo-Kissi-Debrah lived with her family on died aged nine in 2013 after suffering for two years from chronic asthma. An inquest into her death found she died…