Feel Good Introduction
- This public toilet transformed by Xiaohongshu, I hope to see more in the future
- Anime characters as shop assistants? This Lawson convenience store is a little different
- These high-rise buildings are not satisfied with "zero carbon", but also "negative carbon"
- Microplastics are 'a poison like no other'
- Pangaia: a fashion brand from a "laboratory"
Yesterday, LiLi Time, a coffee shop certified as a social enterprise in China, released " A Thank You Letter of Love" , thanking Xiaohongshu and designer Shaw for remodeling a barrier-free bathroom for its Huangpu store.
In LiLi Time's stores, more than 50% of the employees are hearing-impaired people, but this design does not only consider the needs of hearing-impaired groups. Designer Shaw wrote in his little red book:
This time we will solve them one by one. We need to take care of hearing, vision, and language barriers. We need to consider people with disabilities and wheelchair users around us, as well as autistic children/teenagers who regularly come to lilitime to try to communicate.
As part of the public toilets in the community, in addition to the conventional barrier-free facilities such as handrails, the designer also added Braille, sound and light feedback, auxiliary switches, and night light protection systems.
On the ground level, the designer added auxiliary signs, anti-skid belts, regional warning belts, wheelchair parking areas, and contrasting color partitions for color-impaired groups.
The color matching of the bathroom wall is also very bright. This inspiration comes from the sharing of LiLiTime staff. At that time, when the employees of the coffee shop went to the Disney team building, they were very happy to see the beautiful colors in the bathroom.
This sincere feeling touched the designer, so he reconsidered the effect of color on emotion in the design, and finally chose this color scheme.
This bathroom renovation is part of Xiaohongshu's "Street Store Support Program". The plan selects some "street shops" in Shanghai, connecting designers and shops for micro-renovation, "I hope these small shops bearing the imprint of the city will be seen by more people."
This week, the first "Green Lawson (Green Lawson)" store opened by Lawson Convenience Store in Japan officially opened, and the employees inside are all from "two-dimensional".
Unlike ordinary unmanned self-service stores, although this Lawson has no human employees serving consumers in the store, it is equipped with a lot of screens, and the anime characters inside are real waiters.
Male and female employees will help customers through the clerk characters "Aoi" and "Sorato" respectively, and the real human employees are connected behind the screen.
Rosen believes that some store services still need the assistance of human employees and are not suitable for full automation, such as ticket sales.
The benefit of this model is that it allows employees with physical disabilities to serve customers smoothly, creating a more inclusive workforce.
In addition, the Green Lawson store also plans to launch a paper bag collection project-acting as a paper bag recycling service provider for consumers.
Next, Lawson plans to launch about 100 green Lawson stores by 2025.
Last year, the American architectural firm SOM proposed the concept of "Sequoia City". After a year of research, it brought a design plan "Sequoia Now (Urban Sequoia Now)" to this concept. ".
The firm pointed out that although cities occupy only 3% of the world's total land area, they account for 75% of carbon emissions.
And "Sequoia City" wants buildings to be like living things, like redwoods, which can not only reduce carbon emissions during construction, but also absorb additional carbon dioxide from the city.
Under the "Sequoia City Now" program, the building construction process can reduce carbon emissions by 70%, and the carbon removal of the building five years after completion can offset the carbon emissions during the construction period, reaching "net zero".
At the same time, by extending the building's lifespan to 100 years, the building can reduce carbon emissions by three times the amount generated during construction.
In terms of specific solutions, SOM abandoned the typical "sequential addition construction method", but integrated the construction into a single and simplified process, integrating or canceling the systems that are usually hidden in the ceiling. By removing the ceiling to increase the storey height, reduce the consumption of construction materials, and at the same time combine carbon sequestration technology to positively reduce carbon dioxide.
Mina Hasman, director of sustainable design at SOM, said:
Redwood City is a systematic approach as much as it is a philosophy.
This is a way of thinking about cities as ecosystems, a solution that can drastically reduce carbon emissions throughout a building’s lifecycle, rebuild the built environment, and address the climate crisis.
What do the human placenta and the Arctic Circle have in common? Scientists have found microplastics in it.
"Wired" science reporter Matt Simon recently wrote a book "A Different Kind of Poison: How Microplastics Are Harming Our Planet and Our Body", which focuses on the research results of the scientific community on microplastics in recent years.
Among them, one of the most unexpected discoveries for Simon was the movement of microplastics in the air.
In recent years, scientists have built more models that show the movement of microplastics in detail, Simon said.
For example, there are models that can see how microplastics in Europe are blown up to the Arctic, where they end up in remote tropical rainforests.
The numbers are equally astonishing.
According to statistics from scientists, microplastics equivalent to 300 million plastic bottles fall from the sky on 6% of the land in the United States every year.
In an interview, Simon explained why he thinks microplastics are a "different" poison:
It's a super weird pollutant, a physical substance in our environment.
If you have these microplastics in the soil, it changes the properties of the soil and changes the way water flows through it. If it's on the beach, and I discuss this research in the book, they heat up the sand significantly.
We still don't know what to do with it, because it's a physical pollutant that's scattered throughout the environment.
It's just crazy.
The clothing brand Pangaia, worn and shared by a large number of European and American stars, is one of the fastest growing brands amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is also a popular choice for the "home office" lifestyle.
Interestingly, when the company was officially established in 2018, it positioned itself as a "fabric technology company" dedicated to the development of environmentally friendly fabric technology.
clothing? Originally, it was just a sample used to promote cloth technology.
Up to now, Pangaia has included products such as casual clothing, accessories and footwear, and the pursuit of innovative materials remains unchanged.
In 2021 alone, Pangaia will introduce seven new materials and three new treatments.
FLWRDWN Lite is a plant-based lightweight thermal material made of wildflowers and bio-based polymers; PANettle is a denim alternative made of nettles and organic cotton; FRUTFIBER uses banana leaves, which are mostly discarded, Materials such as pineapple leaves and bamboo are made into a new material…
One of Pangaia's particularly clever marketing methods seems to be very simple-printing a small print on the clothing:
The tracksuit is made from what the brand calls a 'blend of responsibly sourced, high-quality, recycled and organic cotton' from repurposed manufacturing offcuts and discarded fabric; 95 percent of the water used is Rainwater is harvested, meaning it protects both groundwater and surface water resources, and all dyes are non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and phthalates.
This small print, which can’t be seen clearly without getting close, not only allows the wearer to understand the product story, but also can wear it with pride, and it can also become a particularly good ice-breaking topic.
This idea, combined with Pangaia's overall "basic" product idea, is very conducive to the spread of the brand and concept. Of course, there is also a good explanation behind it:
The purpose of our business is to change the fashion industry as quickly as possible, and the way to do this is to ensure that innovation can spread as quickly as possible.
We've been doing lifestyle basics, which means people wear them a lot.
It's also a way to bring about change quickly, right?
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