Recycling plastic bags in New Delhi
into beautiful consumer goods brings jobs and dignity.
It’s not paper.
It’s not cloth. Neither is it some new fancy Du Pont material.
a non-profit organisation, using a blend of creativity, design &
innovation have turned, what was once a dull environmental hazard,
into a clean, funky and fashionable material, from which have been
crafted a range of appealing handbags and fashion accessories.
just stop there! With the support of the Asian Development Bank,
we are currently working on a project to generate income, through
the production of this material, for the less advantaged communities
We’re sure you
and your customers are going to love this exciting new product.
We hope that you, like our many other buyers, will also support
our efforts to help save the environment while providing a source
of income to the urban poor."
What’s the material that Conserve’s products made of?
The material is recycled polythene bags that are picked up from
Delhi’s streets every day. We call this material HRP-Handmade
How do we get all
these colors? Are they dyed? Or Printed?
No! We use no coloursor dyes. We combine creatively the many colours
of waste plastic to achieve the resultant colours.
Is this process
Yes. Compared to conventional recycling process our proprietary
process uses much less energy and causes no pollution. Additionally,
this helps reduce the environmental problems caused by plastics.
How does it help
the Urban poor?
Urban waste provides a potential for an income stream for the rag-picking
community. Conserve has trained these groups in collecting, sorting
and grading of plastic that is then bought by us at remunerative
prices for use in making HRP.
future of Fashion
Lifestyle & Technology
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference:
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Fashion Institute, Mauritskade
11, 1091 GC Amsterdam, Near corner Wibautstraat / Mauritskade
The conference language is English.
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Fashioning the Future
Founder and Creative Director, CMK
Where technology ends and fashion begins.
How can Eco-Design become fashionable?
Moderated by James Veenhoff,
Programme Director and co-founder of Amsterdam International Fashion
would like to thank our supporters:AMFI-Amsterdam Fashion Institute,
Innergy Creations, Amsterdam International Fashion Week
Instituut voor Media en Informatie Management.
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the forest by the trees
Efforts to control global warming have
focused largely on protecting forests and limiting the use of fossil
fuels, which produce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Klaus
Lackner is on the forefront of a complementary approach, commonly
called carbon sequestration. It involves capturing and storing CO2
by technological means.
Lackner, the Maurice
Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, is helping to
develop a synthetic tree that he says could absorb nearly 90,000
tons of carbon dioxide a year — roughly the amount emitted
annually by 15,000 cars. It would stand more than 300 feet tall
and 180 feet wide and look like a huge football goalpost with venetian
blinds between its uprights.
technology removes microorganisms from fluids
Seldon has developed an exciting new technology that reliably removes
microorganisms from fluids, without the use of heat, ultra-violet
radiation, chemicals, contact time, or significant pressure. This
technology has been the primary focus of the company's efforts to
date and is now ready for large-scale production.
Seldon's product has the following attributes:
- Provides reliably
clean water, free of bacteria and virus
- Effective against
all microorganisms in water
- Does not require
- Simple to operate
and requires little maintenance
The product takes advantage
of the most recent advances in nanotechnology to create a "kill
zone" capable of destroying all shapes and all types of bacteria
and virus, as well as other pathogenic microbes
Society and Health:
Society Policy Link (ISPL), an initiative of DG Information Society
More than 3.000 projects from information society programmes
are being analysed, identifying a wealth of concrete results that
support EU policies across all of the principal policy areas. By
exchanging information and experiences, the Information Society
Policy Link initiative helps to leverage the benefits of these activities
for European policies.
Health is moving centre-stage in European policy. European citizens
have a legitimate expectation for high-quality, accessible and
sustainable healthcare and, more generally, quality of life. Improving
health clearly plays an important role in addressing a number
of societal developments like demographic changes, population
ageing and labour shortages. As such health issues need to be
addressed because of the role they play in achieving Europe’s
full potential for prosperity, solidarity and security.
These objectives are reflected in the current EU Public Health
Programme and the proposed successor programme scheduled to run
from 2007 onwards, and contribute to the renewed Lisbon strategy
for growth and jobs.
The increasing impact of ICT on health is recognised in the i2010
initiative — a European Information Society for Growth and
Employment. It proposes a series of practical and applied actions
for eHealth under the i2010 strand on inclusion and improving
quality of life. The objective is to improve quality of health
care while reducing its cost. Actions are designed to speed the
takeup of eHealth solutions, remove obstacles to deployment, and
support the growth and competitiveness of the eHealth industry.
The Commission is also working to provide the essential legal
certainty regarding application of Community law to health services
and, in parallel, to improve the quality and availability of Health
Information for citizens and other health stakeholders.
A comprehensive Health Strategy will be adopted in 2007 to provide
an overarching, strategic framework for improving health in the
EU by supporting and complementing the work of the Member States.
eHealth will certainly play a central role in this process, both
as an enabler and a driver for change and improvement of health
Not only are citizens’ expectations for quality and effectiveness
of healthcare increasing but the citizens are also becoming more
mobile and participating more actively in the information society.
These developments can greatly increase future demand for a more
widespread implementation of eHealth tools.
Challenges for Health
Health is an important priority for Europeans. We expect to be
protected against illness and disease. We want to bring up our
children in a healthy environment, and demand that our workplace
is safe and hygienic.When travelling within the European Union
we need access to reliable and high-quality health advice and
Healthcare is facing huge challenges. New drugs and advances in
medical technologies are opening the way to more effective treatments,
while the unravelling of the human genome is leading to totally
new treatment regimes. Clinical practices are changing, too, requiring
health practitioners to collaborate across disciplines and organisational
boundaries.The whole philosophy of healthcare is shifting, towards
placing a greater emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention,
treating patients at the point of care, and moving towards more
proactive self-care. All this is set against an important backdrop
of an ageing European population and ever-increasing societal
Patients are coming to expect a single point of entry to healthcare
services that cuts across organisational boundaries and health
services. Healthcare organisations are embracing the opportunities
presented by the e-revolution. Providers are looking for ways
to deliver health services to the patient as promptly and as locally
as possible, while supporting contact and collaboration between
healthcare professionals and patients throughout the care episode.
Standardised patient medical records already assist the exchange
of information between specialist hospital departments. Frequently
hospitals have to work with other health agencies and providers
as well. Clinical information is shared between different organisations
and specialties, such as pharmacies, and
social and care services. Increasingly, this need extends beyond
traditional care environments into the home itself.
The European Union has a vital role to play in the health arena
through the obligations placed on it by the European Treaties.This
role is being explored further. Community actions complement the
Member States’ national health policies – as specified
in Article 152 of the Treaty – and at the same time bring
European added value. Cross-border health threats – for example
influenza – and also effects of free movement throughout
Europe of both patients and medical personnel need the integrated
and coordinated response achieved through better sharing of information
at the European level.
The EU Health Strategy, set out in May 2000, aims to integrate
all EU health related policies and concentrate resources where
the Community can provide real added-value, without duplicating
the work of the Member States or international organisations.
Building on the 2000 EU Health Strategy and the related Public
Health programme (2003-2008), in May 2006 the Commission adopted
a Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health covering
the period 2007-13.This aims to align future health action more
explicitly with the overall Community objectives of prosperity,
solidarity and security. Hence, it has three broad objectives:
- To improve citizens’
Actions will be taken to protect citizens against health threats
including working to develop EU and Member State capacity to respond
to threats. Objective One will also cover actions in the field
of patient safety, injuries and accidents, community legislation
on blood, tissues and cells, and international health regulation.
- To promote health
to improve prosperity and solidarity:
Actions will be taken to foster healthy active ageing and to help
bridge inequalities, with a particular emphasis on the newer Member
States. Steps will be taken to foster cooperation between health
systems on cross-border issues such as patient mobility and health
professionals. Objective Two will also cover action on health
determinants such as nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and drug consumption
as well as the quality of social and physical environments.
- To generate
and disseminate health knowledge o
generate and disseminate health knowledge: under Objective
Three, actions will be taken to exchange knowledge and best practice
in areas where the Community can provide genuine added-value in
bringing together expertise from different countries, e.g. rare
diseases and cross-border issues related to cooperation between
health systems. Gender health, children’s health and mental
health issues will also be addressed. In addition, this Objective
will allow for action to expand EU health monitoring and develop
indicators and tools, as well as ways of disseminating information
to citizens in a user-friendly manner, such as the health portal.
Health interests lie at the centre of people’s daily lives.
By bringing these issues centre stage and proposing concrete action
to meet citizens’ needs and concerns, the new programme will
help to reinforce citizenship and to reconnect the EU with its
Many Community policies and actions have an impact on health and
health systems across Europe.They are often developed within a
different policy logic. Important health determinants cannot be
influenced by health policy alone; there is a need for coordinated
actions involving other policy areas – such as environmental,
social or economic policies.The Commission works with experts
in government and academia to improve understanding about the
impact of EU policies and actions on health and health systems:
how these impacts can be determined and measured, and how they
can be taken into account in the policy cycle. Joint strategies
and initiatives with other health-related policy areas are an
important tool to ensure that health concerns are properly addressed
from the start.
eHealth: Where the Information Society meets Health
Information and communication technologies (ICT) are making important
contributions to European health policies, and paving the way
towards completely new approaches to healthcare provision. ICT
supports a two-fold paradigm shift in health delivery:
- from symptom-based
to preventive healthcare and
- from hospital-centred
to person-centred health systems.
Use of innovative ICT applications and services in healthcare
- Accelerate the
advancement of medical knowledge and improve the understanding
of disease-related processes.
- Empower citizens
to become actively involved in managing their own health.
the prevention and early diagnosis of many diseases,
thus reducing overall healthcare costs and improving citizens’
quality of life.
- Enhance patient
- Enable cost-effective
management of chronic diseases.
- Facilitate active
ageing and independent living for the ageing
These synergies are reflected in the close interaction between
the EU's information society policies and activities and those
related directly to healthcare.
Policy for eHealth
In support of the overall EU Health Strategy, in April 2004 the
Commission adopted an action plan on eHealth – under the
eEurope initiative which aims to establish a European eHealth
Since the launch of the eHealth Action Plan, initiatives have
been started in all of the Plan’s main action lines.They
include: patient mobility; interoperability and integration; health
cards and electronic health records; best (or good) practices;
benchmarking and roadmapping; dissemination activities; conferences
and special events; and legal, regulatory and other issues. Particular
emphasis has been given to the sharing and publicising of eHealth
experiences and best practices, and to coordinating the efforts
of Member States through developing regional and national eHealth
roadmaps.The Member States themselves are becoming more and more
active in the field of eHealth.
Interoperability of health systems and services is a major challenge
for individual Member States and for health sector actors. It
is therefore a prime consideration
for both the European Commission and the Member States under the
eHealth Action Plan. Interoperability will help resolve a number
of pressing issues facing Europe’s healthcare systems and
services. These include issues on the supply and demand sides,
legal and regulatory issues, market requirements, and demographic
and cost pressures. Consequently, interoperability is being tackled
at various levels: organisational, technical, functional, and
The eEurope 2005 Action Plan has been superseded by the i2010
initiative, announced by the Commission in June 2005, which forms
the information society component of the renewed Lisbon strategy
to boost European competitiveness.
As the use of ICT grows, so does its impact on society. i2010
recognises this in three ways: making sure that ICT benefit all
citizens; making public services better, more cost effective and
more accessible; and improving quality of life. In the period
2005-2010, therefore, the practical and applied approach to eHealth
is covered within the i2010 strand on improving quality of life.
Concerns are mainly with contributing significantly to assuring
improvements in quality, access, and efficacy of healthcare at
the same time as supporting the growth and competitiveness of
the eHealth industry.
Implementation of specific i2010 actions on eHealth are supported
by a number of independent groups: the i2010 Subgroup on eHealth,
representing key decision-makers and leaders of national eHealth
initiatives in each Member State; an eHealth Stakeholders’
Group, representing technical, industry, standardisation,
user associations and European co-financed projects; and ad
hoc expert groups on emergency data sets and ePrescribing.
Prime among these is the i2010 subgroup on eHealth which, among
other tasks, is advising the Commission on the development of
an EU health interoperability policy as it moves towards a Recommendation
on eHealth interoperability in 2007.
You can download the full brochure
This brochure is one of a series describing projects’ policy
contributions and achievements covering around 20 policy areas.
A separate series focuses on policy initiatives under i2010, the
European Information Society for Growth and Employment. In addition,
the initiative organises workshops to stimulate dialogue between
researchers and policymakers on key policy issues. All publications
plus information on policy workshops and other news are available
via the ISPL website at:
Textiles 2: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design
by Sarah E. Braddock Clarke, Marie O'Mahony
This book builds on the first edition's theme of technologically-innovative
textiles, with a focus on explaining the textiles and showing their
applications in architecture, design, fashion and art. Many of the
materials covered have origins in military, space or heavy industry
(a shirt, for instance, made partially with metal alloys that "remember"
their original shape has roots in the European space program), but
have been transformed by engineers, designers, architects and artists
into improved (or just different) versions of objects traditionally
made with plastic or natural fabric, i.e. three-dimensional embroidery,
used for a vascular prosthesis; ceramic-based fabrics that conduct
very little heat and make ideal fuel filters and swimwear; and woven
polypropylene, as used in architectural applications. Examples are
presented in a thoughtful layout that includes hundreds of bright
photographs. (Though the "Fashion" section, a fitful marriage
of glossy fashion mags and dull techtalk, is lacking in the inspiration
department.) The writing, however, runs the gamut from bland to clunky
to grammatically or structurally flawed ("Fashion designers choose
the new textiles largely for their progressive appearance and sometimes
regardless of their supreme performance properties") and can
belabor the obvious. ( "Umbrella structures are used in many
outdoor sites to provide protection from the elements.") This
book has a trove of information and eye candy, but its lack of writing
chops makes it more a flip-through visual reference than a satisfying
Student designer and fiber
scientists create a dress that prevents colds and a jacket that
destroys noxious gases
By Anne Ju
and fiber scientists at Cornell have taken "functional
clothing" to a whole new level. They have designed a garment
that can prevent colds and flu and never needs washing, and
another that destroys harmful gases and protects the wearer
from smog and air pollution.
The two-toned gold
dress and metallic denim jacket, featured at the April 21 Cornell
Design League fashion show, contain cotton fabrics coated with
nanoparticles that give them functional qualities never before
seen in the fashion world.
Anne Ju/Cornell Chronicle
Design student Olivia Ong '07 hugs two garments, treated with
metallic nanoparticles through a collaboration with fiber scientists
Juan Hinestroza and Hong Dong, that she designed as part of
her fashion line, "Glitterati."
Designed by Olivia
Ong '07 in the College of Human Ecology's Department of Fiber
Science and Apparel Design, the garments were infused with their
unusual qualities by fiber science assistant professor Juan
Hinestroza and his postdoctoral researcher Hong Dong. Apparel
design assistant professor Van Dyke Lewis launched the collaboration
by introducing Ong to Hinestroza several months ago.
(c) Michael Grace-Martin
Nicole Grospe '07, left, and Andrea Clark '07 model clothing
designed by Olivia Ong '07, at the Cornell Design League fashion
show. The dress and jacket contain nanoparticles with antibacterial
and air-purifying qualities.
this is one of the first times that nanotechnology has entered
the fashion world," Hinestroza said. He noted one drawback
may be the garments' price: one square yard of nano-treated
cotton would cost about $10,000.
Ong's dress and
jacket, part of her original fashion line called "Glitterati,"
look innocently hip. But closer inspection -- with a microscope,
that is -- shows an army of electrostatically charged nanoparticles
creating a protective shield around the cotton fibers in the
top part of the dress, and the sleeves, hood and pockets of
really moving toward the future, and really advanced,"
said Ong, who graduates in December and aspires to design school.
"I thought this could potentially be what fashion is moving
that the fabrics were created by dipping them in solutions containing
nanoparticles synthesized in Hinestroza's lab. The resultant
colors are not the product of dyes, but rather, reflections
of manipulation of particle size or arrangement.
The upper portion
of the dress contains cotton coated with silver nanoparticles.
Dong first created positively charged cotton fibers using ammonium-
and epoxy-based reactions, inducing positive ionization. The
silver particles, about 10-20 nanometers across (a nanometer
is one-billionth of a meter) were synthesized in citric acid,
which prevented nanoparticle agglomeration.
A scanning electron microscope image shows a cotton fiber with
palladium nanoparticle coating.
Dipping the positively
charged cotton into the negatively charged silver nanoparticle
solution resulted in the particles clinging to the cotton fibers.
natural antibacterial qualities that are strengthened at the
nanoscale, thus giving Ong's dress the ability to deactivate
many harmful bacteria and viruses. The silver infusion also
reduces the need to wash the garment, since it destroys bacteria,
and the small size of the particles prevents soiling and stains.
The denim jacket
includes a hood, sleeves and pockets with soft, gray tweed cotton
embedded with palladium nanoparticles, about 5-10 nanometers
in length. To create the material, Dong placed negatively charged
palladium crystals onto positively charged cotton fibers.
Ong, though strictly
a designer, was drawn especially to the science behind creating
the anti-smog jacket.
it would be cool if [wearers] could wipe their hands on their
sleeves or pockets," Ong said.
the resultant cotton fiber into a jacket with the ability to
oxidize smog. Such properties would be useful for someone with
allergies, or for protecting themselves from harmful gases in
the contaminated air, such as in a crowded or polluted city.
Coral Reef Foundation
To stop the destruction of the world's coral reefs by 2020 and restore
their beauty, health and abundance within this century.
Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF) was founded in 1991
to address the coral reef crisis. Since its inception, PCRF has
pursued an unprecedented global mission to preserve coral reefs
through innovative programs in science, education and technology.
around the world are dying at an alarming rate. Lining 60,000
miles of shoreline along 109 countries, reefs and their related
fisheries, marshlands and lagoons are vanishing. Home to more
than a quarter of all fish species on Earth, an estimated 25%
of coral reefs have already disappeared and an estimated 67% of
all coral reefs are at risk today. In Southeast Asia, 88% of the
reefs are at risk and an estimated more than 90% of the reefs
in the Florida Keys have lost their living coral cover since 1975.
In a recent study by the crew of our research vessel, Heraclitus,
100% of the corals in Kanton Island lagoon (Phoenix Islands in
the remote South Pacific) were observed dead due to global warming.
Threatened by pollution, disease, over-fishing, dynamite and cyanide
fishing, as well as bleaching most likely caused by rising ocean
temperatures, coral reefs are now endangered on a planetary scale.
The most important fact: There are solutions
to this crisis.
As part of the scientific team of the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation,
the crew of the Research Vessel Infinity gather data during
intensive underwater studies as they continue to assess the health
and vitality of coral reefs around the world. Observations are
collected to add to the PCRF databank of impressions from reefs
around the world.
A soft coral garden in Rinja Island,
Over 100,000 coral colonies have been analyzed around the world,
each probed individually with the Vitareef methodology for their
current state of health. These studies have been carried out since
1995 in Egypt, Oman, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Kenya, Indonesia,
Vietnam, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines,
Malaysia, Thailand, Polynesia, Fiji, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Three sites have been returned to in order to monitor their change
of the Sea
is a floating movie and still image production platform, based
on the Sailing Vessel Infinity. Its aim is to produce short
films which expose the state of our oceanic planet, voyage through
its island cultures, portray elements of a life at sea. A particular
focus is placed on the concurrent beauty and collapse of our coral
reef ecosystems. The Canary is Dead, a film produced by Studio
of the Sea in 2004, has been aired on Current TV and Link TV.
Studio of the Sea
owns a still and video image library, currently focusing on coral
reefs, cetaceans, life at sea and Island cultures.
It is Spring 2010. The Coral Reef Satellite Mission (CRSM) was
launched in 2008 and is circling our planet, transmitting real-time
data about the state of the world’s coral reefs back to Earth
daily. The ‘eye in the sky’ is performing beautifully,
exactly as MIT’s Center for Space Research designed. The
Science Operations Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
has just completed the first global baseline map of coral reefs.
People around the world are logging on to www.pcrf.org, downloading
data and images for free, discovering the hidden world of coral
reefs and witnessing the changes in their health and vitality.
Response has been overwhelming and is building, with several million
visits to the web site every day!
Our campaign to Save Coral Reefs is now making a difference
on a planetary scale. Our vision – to stop the destruction
of the world’s coral reefs by 2020 and restore their beauty,
health and abundance within this century – is not only being
realized, but is leading to the beginnings of an intelligent world
community – NGO’s, governments and ordinary people –
all working together for the future of Planet Earth.
Gardens are a 100% ecological, low cost, low maintenance
solution to the problem of human waste which is particularly important
in coastal regions. Using no mechanical or moving parts and no chemicals,
all wastewater is recycled via a gravity system into elegant, biodiverse
gardens which produce lovely flowers as well as fruit and vegetables
that can be eaten by humans and fodder crops for animal consumption.
The systems are carefully sealed so no wastewater contaminates the
soil, ground water or coastal waters.
were developed by the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation and they have
been successfully installed in Mexico, Bali, the Bahamas, Belize,
France, Poland, the Philippines, the US and Australia. To date,
the largest Wastewater Garden installed is located in the Xpu-Ha
EcoPark near Akumal Mexico which was designed to recycle all the
human waste produced by up to 1500 visitors a day.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
vital that the public understands that the lack of sustainability
in the world's carbon emissions is causing the rapid loss of coral
reefs, the world's most biodiverse marine ecosystem," said Drew
Harvell, Cornell professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and
head of the Coral Disease Research Team, which is part of the international
Coral Reef Targeted Research (CRTR) group that wrote the new study.
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