charity : water
Scott Harrison is the Founder of "charity: water", a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Scott had made his living for years in New York as a promoter of top nightclubs and fashion events. After a visit to West Africa in 2004, his life was forever changed.
When he returned, what started as a birthday party campaign exploded into an organization which today serves more than a million people with clean water.This september, "charity : water" celebrates its fifth birthday , let's celebrate with them .
Today it is the World Ocean's Day: a global and international celebration of the ocean conservation. Water covers 70.9% of the Earth's surface, Water is vital for all known forms of life !
Even if we are not lucky enough to live nearby the ocean ... let's enjoy this surf session and give a thought to all this beauty.
now that we have started to reconstruct society and to solidify the fundamentals of our markets, that we have harnessed our energy and focussed on what we know how to do best, we suddenly want to break free from fear and aggression. we want to open the sluice that has oppressed and contained us for so long to let the waters float freely and wildly. spilling out to discover new terrain and to carve out new matter; from the source of life to the stream of youth to the river of experience, of cascading creativity spilling into a sea of change, things get started, rapidly moving into new territory.
like a river, fashion will break free with overwhelming fluidity becoming the principle of design for the near future. the fluency of the currents and waves and rapids and rivulets is reflected in the fluidity of folds and drapes and smocks and gathers, while froth and foam are rendered with fine pleating, layering and perforation. cascading waterfalls of frills and ruffles will give majestic form to romanticism. breaking waves of fine foamy jerseys will be layered to shield from a sudden summer breeze. the wilder currents of the ocean will stand for conceptual asymmetrical shapes while the stillness of the lake will ripple softly with crêpe and undulating yarns, reflective and minimal in a profound and deep dark blue.
water is our most precious element, feeding, forging and formulating our existence, acting as an agent ofexchange and economy, as a source of food and well-being, as a source of energy and an agent ofembellishment, as a temple for contemplation and a place for togetherness. this century will be aboutwater or will not be.
the slimy textures of algae, the translucent colours of jellyfish and the rubbery textures of squidare inspiring a new generation of high tech textiles with a humid character. these coated andpolished surfaces will counterbalance a flood wave of laundered qualities washed in the river anddried in the sun, of a shabby chic nature including all fibre for all occasions in all markets.
primitive and exotic textiles and patterns are studied in the great rainforest rivers and muddy estuaries ofthe southern hemisphere, delivering exciting motifs of tropical birds and artistic fishes, foreign jungleflowers, stained and spotted wild cats and exclusive reptile skins. monkeys will make fun of fashion.
thus these flushing fashions to come spell out a new society with rapids of radical new ideas, springs of resilient energies, meadows of mellow forms of well-being, rivulets of roman ideals and oceans of organic life forms. a world that is impatient to incarnate a truly new era possessed with a fugitive and escapist nature ready to embrace the second decade of the century, rushing towards the twenties like a roaring torrent.
At the last salone international del mobile in Milano, the dutch designer Marcel Wanders presented a chair made by the same blow-moulding technique used to manufacture water bottles.
Called Sparkling chair, the product is made of recycled PET, for Italian manufacturer Magis.
After the moulding process, the hollow spaces are filled with high pressure air to strengthen the design.
With this technique the plastic usage is minimal and the total weight of the chair is only around 1kg.
The French are among the world's top consumers of bottled water, taking in an average of 128 litres each in 2009. Presumably with the resulting 262,000 tonnes of plastic waste in mind.
Eau de Paris, the city's public water company — recently set up a new water fountain called "la pétillante" that dispenses sparkling water.
Located in Jardin de Reuilly, a park in eastern Paris, the new fountain injects city tap water with carbon dioxide and then chills it to a pleasing temperature.
At the new fountain — which is modeled after similar ones in Italy.Consumers can now get both still and bubbly water.