Steal Like a Kleptoparasite or Cunning Animal Thief

Bold seagulls stealing your sandwich. Or robbing a sea otter of its fish. Animals are very cunning creatures. Athleticism and grace mixed with planning and decision-making characterise kleptoparasitic animals. Chinstrap penguins look charming with their chinstrap that mimics a lovely smile. But the smile is deceptive because they are well-known for stealing rocks and other... Continue Reading →


Searching for bright spots in the woods where the pale winter lights dance through the trees and kiss our cheeks not only brings comfort it also gives us strength to face challenges. The smell of frost, the sounds of a stream, and the scenery of a frosty winter forest provides relaxation. Natural stimulation brings comfort... Continue Reading →

Creating a closed loop economy for the fashion industry! An industry where the textiles are biodegradable and also serve as nutrients for future textiles and products. Biodesign is an exciting approach to design and fabrication. The term refers to the incorporation of living organism as essential components in design. The underlying idea is that the... Continue Reading →

Let's make something different using nature's palette! Have you ever bought algae biofuel? Lots of things are tricky to sell like solar panels, Eco-clothes, and algae biofuel. Two entrepreneurs who struggled to make fuel from algae decided to make something different. Time-lapse ink. This is the first ink that grows and  slowly reveals what you write,... Continue Reading →

Love the way artist Jeeyun Ha fuses ecological landscaping with visionary magical design. Ecological landscaping reaches a new level in the interactive art installation rooted in ecological sustainability and landscaping that takes the climate into account. The growing towers called tuteurs are made of branches and surrounded with edible and native plant. Composting has never... Continue Reading →

On the twelfth day of Christmas may true love gave to me Twelve Drummers Drumming The traditional image of drummers is marching drummers walking round and round. Circular Economy is a term used to describe an economy that relies on  renewable energy and to minimise and eradicate waste through careful design. In this TedEd talk... Continue Reading →

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my true love sent to me Eleven Pipers Piping Bake them a cake, give them a hug, sing a song and blow the pipes. Media, advertisers and even governments link consumption with happiness and prosperity. Today chants and carols are competing with Christmas albums and there is stiff competition... Continue Reading →

On the Tenth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me Ten Lords a-Leaping Fanatical about skiing? Crazy about ice-skating? Dreaming about a new pair of sport shoes? How can you shop outside the box when you look for sport gifts? Can you redesign sports or outdoor equipment? To raise awareness about ocean garbage,... Continue Reading →

On the Ninth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine Ladies Dancing   Choreographers put dancing on display. If you were asked to stage a Christmas dance, what would it look like? What xmassy feelings would be expressed in the dance. What moods and feelings would this dance need to showcase? Put... Continue Reading →

On the Eight Days of Christmas my true love gave to  me Eight Dingoes Digging Dingoes! Yes, the carol has been adapted to include native animals and local traditions and there is an Australian version of The Twelve Days of Days as well as a French, Scottish. . . Christmas begins earlier and earlier, gift... Continue Reading →

Swans can walk on earth, swim in the sea and soar in the sky. These magnificent birds are often seen as a symbol of freedom, life, grace or purity. It is magical to watch their  movements as the  glide on the water with their graceful long necks. And just like yang and yin there are... Continue Reading →

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my True love sent to me Six Geese a-Laying So what does the six geese a-laying mean? Christmas is midwinter feast filled with food and delicacies such as almonds and chocolates. Animals are prevalent in the carol - The Twelve days of Christmas, we have a partridge, turtle doves,... Continue Reading →

Gold Rings signify a Promise - the promise not to court anyone else. On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Five Gold Rings Four Calling Birds Three French Hens Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Modern Christmas Ornaments by San Francisco Furniture & Accessories Pottery Barn... Continue Reading →

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, four calling birds are given. Calling birds are songbirds that just like bees help to pollinate flowers and disperse the seeds. Song birds help to keep insects under control and of course the name hint of a bird with a well-developed vocal cord. Whose songs will we hear? It... Continue Reading →

Looking for underlying assumptions and messages in a song like The Twelve Days of Christmas can also provide a source of inspiration and reflection. This carol is about Sharing, perhaps even the Joy of Sharing. On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me Three French Hens Two Turtle Doves and a... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the second challenge. A challenge filled with a dollop of fun, a spoon of seriousness and an ocean of thinkibility. And yes, if the introduction sounds familiar, you are right. This challenge is about repetition. On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the first challenge. A challenge filled with a dollop of fun, a spoon of sustainability and an ocean of thinkibility. On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A Partridge in a Pear Tree "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Carol where increasingly grand gifts are given... Continue Reading →

Photo: Ann-Margrethe Iseklint We have made a Christmas Challenge - T12. A challenge for our readers who love everything about the Festive Season and a great challenge for those of us who need something else to think about during this time of the year. This challenge is based upon the traditional English Christmas Carol -... Continue Reading →

What if you could create healthy microclimates outdoors as well as indoors? In a previous blog post about air pollution, the need for new ideas was explored. So could a personal drone be part of the solution? Inspired by one of the most mysterious creatures a way to purify air was suggested as an entry... Continue Reading →

A Water Drop is the most beautiful thing! Ooho! by Skipping Rocks Lab is made from seaweed and the spherical drop-like water container is strong, hygienic and biodegradable. Best of all this water drop is so good that you can eat it! Ooho is make from calcium chloride and a seaweed derivative called sodium alginate.... Continue Reading →

"I'm tired of waiting for policies." "I want to fix things now" Daan Roosegaarde In many parts of the world,  filling your lungs with fresh clean air is a luxury. It is easy to ignore invisible things. Yet invisible things can have a huge impact on our health and well-being. Visible air pollutants like coal... Continue Reading →

Coffee is part of life in many offices and homes and just smelling coffee may help you feel less stressed.  The dark elixir "help"  many people to wake up in the morning, yet the health advantages and disadvantages  may be debated. However, coffee is not only a something that we drink, a more sustainable approach... Continue Reading →

Sometimes what you are looking for simply does not exist! And sometimes you do not even want things to exist. Well, at least not until after you have worn them for a looong time. The search for work-wear for employees that were tough, sustainably produced and compostable material made in Europe lead to the development... Continue Reading →

Creative minds are studying trees for inspiration. Trees have developed various ways to survive natural disasters. Studying these ways to deal with hurricanes, storms and lack of water may provide new insights and ideas that can be used to design houses and build infrastructures. When Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast... Continue Reading →

The world is amazingly colourful and we should all work together to ensure that the diversity is continuing to blossom. Almost alien music has found a perfect partner in the video below that is literally exploding with colours. The world of coral reefs is an exciting place but also a place filled with drama which... Continue Reading →

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