All posts filed under: Design

Closing Down Sale

And it’s goodbye from us … After six years of running Who’d Have Thought Sale and being the Australasian distributors of Sprout Pencils, we are moving on to other ventures! And that means a BIG sale – everything is 50% off, while stocks last. So if anything tickles your fancy, pop on over and have a look … Thank you so much for all your readership and supporting the eco-life! Jane & Meryl P.S. You will still be able to buy Sprout Pencils in Australasia. Their new home is at Seedsticks. For all wholesale and custom enquiries, contact them at

Upcycling scratched Vinyls

When your Vinyls are too far gone to salvage from a musical appreciation perspective, there are plenty of creative ways to keep them alive. From eye-catching flooring through to cake stands or cut-out wall adornments, Vinyls will only ever appreciate with age. All images sourced from Pinterest.  

Shipping Container Innovation

The first shipping container was invented in the United States in 1956 by trucker Malcolm McLean. Prior to this crates were wooden and oddly shaped and sized which made for incredibly slow and inefficient loading and unloading of goods. Shipping containers reduced the cost of loading by 90% thus reducing the price of imports and exports. Properties of strength, theft resistance, and uniformity have enticed innovative designers and architects to transform the humble container. Where would the city of Christchurch be without these gems? After the 2011 earthquakes, shipping containers replaced bricks and mortar retail outlets in a unique pop-up precinct.   All images courtesy of Pinterest Links are as follows: URBANTAINER Jendretzski Room 11 Architects IQ Container Homes Hunter Leggitt Studio Patrick Bradley FreecycleUSA  

Chocoholic Meltdown

Many of us have been literally gob-smacked by the 2018 viral news article stating that chocolate may be extinct by 2050 due to climate change! Quelle horreur. But upon further (desperate) research by a self-confessed addict it appears that scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are experimenting with CRISPR gene editing to future-proof the cacao plant so that it becomes tougher and more resistant to viral and fungal diseases. Currently two of the major cacao producing regions (the Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana region of Africa, and Indonesia) are predicted to suffer from a reduced cultivation area as a result of predicted global temperature rises, which will speed up the spread of disease. The innovative genomic research, backed by the Mars corporation who incidentally has stumped up US$1 billion, intends to safe-guard cacao production for the future, so we can happily satiate our chocolate cravings to the moon and back. So hold the meltdown. Images courtesy of Pinterest