Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly’


The latestbrella

February 27, 2009

Big lovely things happening in the world of umbrellas of late. First of all there is this innovation from local (well, studying over the Simpsons-like three-eyed fish waters of the Tamar in Plymouth) designer Becky Barber which generates electricity by using a recently developed material called Nanosolar when opened. This then powers a nifty little light.

Then there’s this baby to which Chris sent me a link. Yep, it’s a samurai style umbrella. That’s pretty much all the explanation you need.

and in my own little umbrella fantasy world I am pleased to say that materials are being gathered for my Nifty range of individually decorated umbrellas. Ribbons, check. Buttons, check. Waterproof fabric paints… not there yet. Any recommendations?



May 19, 2008

This is more like it.

Monsoon Vermont is dedicated to creating sustainable livelihoods for slum-dwelling scavengers and sewers of Jakarta, Indonesia. In the manufacturing of Monsoon Vermont’s products, we do not seek to mimic an industrial workplace where efficiency means profit at the expense of its workers. We seek to honor the story of each person who scavenges, collages, and sews garbage into functional works of art.

Each umbrella is hand-made, the handle and tip are made of native wood and edges are lined with silky fabric. They look superhardy considering they’re made from old toothpaste and detergent packets. And the designs are really pretty…



May 13, 2008

A couple of years ago those lovely hippies at Treehugger got together with some sponsors and launched a competition to create the best costume using discarded umbrella material and parts. Of five finalists the winner was Rainer Wolter’s Umbrella Redesign, which featured a necklace made of umbrella parts and a fantasic chestpiece boned with spokes. Here’s a photo.



May 12, 2008

I’m done with being amazed today. But this looks pretty cool.

Would you buy it though? Would you really? I’m more likely to buy some raspberry seeds and grow a hedge that I can just throw the thing in. And I, like this man, suspect that it won’t actually do much:

Comment: This stand is exactly that sort of thing. What the hell is “umbrella run off” anyway? I don’t know what your umbrellas are made out of, but there is no appreciable amount of water left on an umbrella around my house once you give it a little shake before coming inside. It certainly isn’t dripping wet to the extent that it will keep a plant alive. Not even if it rained every day. The only thing worse than a concept that is thought up by people too detached with the real world to see the obvious flaws is the fact that Gizmodo seems all too willing to pass them on without an inkling of incredulity.

Eek. Still, after Yanko I’m making Gizmodo my secondary centre for internet umbrella brilliance. A whole new sector of the web is opening up…



May 9, 2008

I have been pondering eco-friendly umbrella design for a while and as always, someone got there first.


This, however, is not recycled but biodegradable and comes from the people at Brelli who claim it withstands heavy downpours and high winds whilst being completely biodegradable within 5 years.