Smart news for the summer

Smart news for the summer

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Pants that last

Swedish åäö have developed what they call the most versatile pants on the planet. “We grew tired of pants that constantly rip and can’t stand even the slightest rainfall,” says company co-founder Fredrik Hansson. The åäö pants can handle an active city lifestyle and the harsh Nordic conditions while still looking great at meetings or parties. The pants are designed in Stockholm, made from a Swiss hi-tech material, and sewn by hand in Borås, Sweden.

 

Seaweed against plastic

Indonesian company Evoware has come up with a solution to not only address the global oceans plastic waste problem but to boost local seaweed farming communities. They have released a number of products made out of bio-degradable seaweed packaging including edible-grade food wrappers and sachets as well as packaging for non-food products.

High-tech philanthropy

In 2019, the impoverished areas in El Salvador will see some of the world’s first 3D printed villages. Nonprofit organisation New Story has teamed up with construction tech startup ICON to develop 3D printed homes that can be constructed for about 3,500 euros and be built within 48 hours.

Compiled by Mark Fletcher
Photos courtesy of the companies

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