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Who'd Have Thought Link Love May 2014

Weekend Link Love: Art, Picnics and Conservation

  A few things to peruse … Artist Ivan Hoo is so talented with a pencil and a plank of wood you’d think his paintings were real. See more at Lost at E Minor. Who doesn’t love a picnic? At first glance this canoe picnic looks oh so romantic but the potential for mishap seems potentially high. Get other ‘dreamy’ picnic ideas at Oh Happy Day. Extraordinary street art by artist ATM in London highlights the plight of endangered birds. Read his story here. [First seen at Checks and Spots]. Support a passionate team of adventurers in their desire to help preserve the threatened environment of the Kenyah Dayak people of Indonesian Borneo.  Learn more about their cause and help raise funds here. Is it a rug or is it a painting? Faig Ahmed merges the two with his warped wefts.  See more at I Need a Guide.

Interview: Dutch designers Maarten and Simon and their altruistic rubbish bag, the Goedzak

Dutch engineers Maarten Heijitjes and Simon Akkaya, whose company motto is ‘we like stuff, but we like people better’ have created what is essentially a rubbish bag loaded with social responsibility. The Goedzak (which, as one word, means ‘kind soul’ or as two, ‘good bag’) is a specially designed bag in which you can put unwanted items that are still useable and leave on the roadside for someone else to re-home. They say: ‘It’s a friendly way to offer products a second chance and stimulate sustainable behaviour’. In September last year (2012), they launched 50,000 bags onto the streets of Amsterdam and haven’t looked back since. I love this idea and the altruistic concept behind it and was keen to find out more. Here’s what Maarten had to say … Tell me about yourselves and the Goedzak? Waarmakers Ontwerpers is a small Amsterdam-based design bureau. Our interest lies in the social and behavioural aspects of design. How does a product affect the user, what influence does it exert, and does this in turn affect his or …

Pedal Power

What do you do with crapped out bicycles nobody wants anymore? You turn them into pedal power. A Guatemalan NGO in San Andrés Itzapa, called Maya Pedal, reconditions donated bicycles to make a whole raft of pedal-powered machines they call Bicimaquinas, which are designed to help local communities in all sorts of ways that would normally require electricity or hand power. These Bicimaquinas range from a mobile water pump to a bicycle nut sheller, a kitchen blender (yep!) and a bicycle mill/corn thresher. They are easy to maintain, produce no pollution, free the user from rising energy costs and provide exercise. What a great idea! Maya Pedal relies on the help and work of a mix of locals and volunteers in their Guatemalan workshop and their goal is to be …“a center of pedal power research and development and an information resource for NGO’s promoting appropriate technology and small scale, sustainable agriculture.” It’s also got me thinking about the developed world with its rising obesity and rising costs of electricity … Can you see where I’m going here? …